In Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise jumped off the world’s tallest building. The sight of him swinging across the Burj Khalifa in Dubai became the film’s most iconic moment. To top the scene in the next film, Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation, Cruise was tethered outside a real cargo plane as it took off and flew across the English countryside. Now, for the sixth film, producer David Ellison has revealed that Cruise spent more than a year preparing for a sequence which will “top anything that has come before.”
Speaking to the movie website Collider, Ellison said, ““We’re thrilled. Chris (Christopher McQuarrie) 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 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.”
Ellison makes a reference to Henry Cavill’s role in the film, which is being kept under wraps. Cavill was recently revealed to have joined the action film in a cryptic online exchange between him and director McQuarrie.
Cruise has made a name for himself as one of the world’s most bankable action stars, often insisting on performing his own stunts. Ellison commented on Cruise’s pushing himself further with each new outing: “It all comes from the best place. It is all about entertaining an audience. Tom’s entire mantra for hanging on the side of the Burj Khalifa or the A380 or literally holding your breath for six minutes underwater to do the Taurus sequence is, in a world of massive [visual] effects, (that) the audience can tell when it’s you on a green screen or when you’re actually doing it live. And the tension, because the stunt is real, actually puts the audience where Ethan Hunt is where they are in the movie. He said that’s why he does it; it’s all about entertaining an audience and it makes the movie better.”
Mission Impossible 6 is currently scheduled for a July 2018 release.
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