Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie teased the sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise will see the return of unexpected past characters when he was recently a guest on the 250th episode of the Empire podcast.
It’s hard to imagine a film in the franchise without returning cast members such as Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner but McQuarrie said the characters that will return from previous installments aren’t ones “you would expect.”
McQuarrie also teased he will be flipping the films opening on its head. The films of the Mission: Impossible franchise are known for opening scenes that kickstart the film with incredible death-defying stunts, however, McQuarrie said the sixth installment will change things up, beginning with what sounds like it could be a quiet and human start that focuses on Tom Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt. The director told Empire:
“It starts in a very unconventional way. I’ve seen five of these movies and I don’t know who Ethan Hunt is. I want to know who Ethan is in this movie, I want an emotional journey for this character, and Tom really embraced it.”
McQuarrie and Tom Cruise have developed a highly successful collaborative working relationship over the years. In addition to directing Cruise vehicles such as Rogue Nation and Jack Reacher, the director has also written Valkyrie, Edge of Tomorrow, and the upcoming reboot The Mummy which is slated for release June 9, 2017.
McQuarrie revealed production on the next Mission: Impossible film is currently set to begin on April 10th in Paris. He will be the first ever director to return after previously directing a film in the franchise. The director succeeds a long list of heavyweight directors including Brian De Palma, John Woo, JJ Abrams, and Brad Bird.
In addition to the return of unexpected characters, the sixth installment will also feature the return of Rogue Nation breakout star Rebecca Ferguson.
Mission: Impossible 6 is currently slated to hit theaters July 27, 2018.