Skydance Media CEO David Ellison has revealed that Tom Cruise has been training for a stunt in the upcoming sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise for the last year.
Plot details are still under wraps but Mission: Impossible 6 will break franchise tradition as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie returns to the directing chair to helm the sixth installment. Mcquarrie previously revealed that the opening scene of the new film won’t kickstart the film with a death-defying stunt like they normally do, instead, the film will open focusing on Cruise’s character of Ethan Hunt, however, M: I 6 will still include yet another epic stunt as the action centerpiece of the film.
Ellison was in attendance at SXSW in Austin for the prmeiere of the upcoming sci-fi thriller Life when he spoke with Collider about M: I 6 which he is producing:
“We’re thrilled. Chris is back, obviously, writing and directing after Rogue Nation. We could not be more excited about the character Henry Cavill’s going to play. And I will say after the Burj [Khalifa] we thought it was going to be impossible to top that stunt, and then Tom did the A380 for the plane. What Tom is doing in this movie I believe will top anything that’s come before. It is absolutely unbelievable—he’s been training for a year. It is going to be, I believe, the most impressive and unbelievable thing that Tom Cruise has done in a movie, and he has been working on it since right after Rogue Nation came out. It’s gonna be mind-blowing.”
While Ellison remained tight-lipped on where the epic stunt in M :I 6 would occur, he revealed there was some debate on whether or not the plane sequence in Rogue Nation would open the film or fall during the middle of the movie like the Burj Khalifa sequence in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol:
“I cannot say for M:I 6, but on Rogue Nation it was a conversation that was ongoing about whether or not it was in the opening or the middle of the movie. Obviously in Ghost Protocol there was a lot of conversation about should the Burj be at the end of the movie? Because it was obviously the biggest stunt in the film, and it really was just story drives everything. That’s the amazing thing about working with somebody who’s talented as Chris McQuarrie, who is a brilliant, brilliant screenwriter as well as a director, is story drives every single decision.”
Ellison also confirmed production on M:I 6 will begin April 10, lasting for about 100 days and will indeed shoot in Paris as well as London and New Zealand.
Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner are all expected to return for another outing, however, the extent of their involvement remains unknown. In addition to Henry Cavill, the sequel has also added The Crown actress Vanessa Kirby into the mix in a role that is said to be on the same level as Ferguson’s character who co-led Rogue Nation with Cruise.
Mission: Impossible 6 is currently slated to hit theaters on July 27, 2018.