After delivering the biggest box office grosses yet for a Mission: Impossible movie with its last installment, Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie are returning for two more. McQuarrie will write and direct the films, which are being shot back-to-back. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming Mission: Impossible films.
Who Is In the Cast?
Naturally, Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, as is the other franchise staple Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell. Also reprising their characters in the upcoming films are Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett and Frederick Schmidt. One major returning figure is Henry Czerny’s Eugene Kittridge, who hasn’t appeared in the franchise since the first installment in 1996. Kittridge was the IMF director hunting Ethan, under the impression he was the agency’s mole. McQuarrie confirmed Czerny’s return on Instagram.
Among new faces joining the franchise, which McQuarrie also announced on Instagram, are Hayley Atwell, Esai Morales, Pom Klementieff, Charles Parnell, Indra Varma, Mark Gatiss, Rob Delaney, Cary Elwes, and Shea Whigham. Morales will play Ethan Hunt’s next foe, replacing Nicholas Hoult, who departed due to scheduling conflicts.
Who Is the Creative Team?
Christopher McQuarrie is returning to write and direct both Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8. He previously who previously wrote and directed Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible — Fallout. Like the franchise’s fifth and sixth installments, the next two are filming back-to-back.
Mission: Impossible 7 and 8‘s Official Titles?
McQuarrie hasn’t announced the films’ titles yet, but if Mission: Impossible traditions hold, expect them to feature a colon and an em dash.
When Is It Released?
Per Deadline, Mission: Impossible 7 will debut on May 27, 2022. The film was initially slated for a 2021 release—followed by Mission: Impossible 8 in 2022—but calendar shuffling due to COVID-19 pushed them back a year. Meanwhile, Mission: Impossible 8 will open on July 7, 2023.
The Franchise’s Future Beyond the Next Two Installments
No word yet on if these two will serve as the “series finale” for the long running franchise. But if they are, they will have created a franchise that lasted eight films and over twenty-five years, which is a remarkable achievement. Tom Cruise will be sixty years old by the time these sequels wrap up, so it would be the perfect time to hang up his Ethan Hunt character at that point, and hopefully go out on a high note. And we mean a literal high note, as he’ll probably be going out while hanging off the side of a mountain or a skyscraper one last time.
Originally published on January 14, 2019 and updated on April 9, 2021.