After a troubled production, made significantly more difficult by the ongoing pandemic, Mission: Impossible 7 looks like it’s finally back on track. The Tom Cruise-led vehicle, which follows in the footsteps of 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, is set to be released in 2022 following significant delays and development issues. However, thanks to the continued critical and commercial success of the Mission: Impossible franchise, anticipation around the sequel remains incredibly high.
Like previous installments of the franchise, the film is set to star the ever-present Cruise as IMF superspy Ethan Hunt. Historically, Mission: Impossible movies have been notable for their spectacular stuntwork – often with Cruise himself risking life and limb in order to make the scenes look as authentic as possible. The new film will also be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who has won acclaim for his work on two previous Mission: Impossible films. The production has been a globe-trotting adventure in and of itself, incorporating locations as diverse as Rome, Norway and the UK.
Despite the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Mission: Impossible – Fallout, fans have had to wait a long time for the sequel. The COVID-19 pandemic struck right in the middle of filming, significantly delaying production and causing enormous stress for the filmmakers. In fact, the new film was held up in many circles as an acid test for how to make new movies in a post-pandemic world. Given this pressure and the popularity of the Mission: Impossible series, it’s understandable that interest remains incredibly high. Here’s what to expect from Mission: Impossible 7.
The new film features a blend of returning and new faces. Like previous installments of the franchise, Mission: Impossible 7 is set to star the ever-present Cruise, alongside the likes of Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Frederick Schmidt – all of whom will be reprising their previous roles. Particularly exciting for fans is the return of Henry Czerny as former IMF Director Eugene Kittridge. In addition, the existing cast will be joined by the likes of Hayley Atwell, Cary Elwes, Indira Varma and Mark Gatiss in as yet unknown roles.
Due to the secrecy around the production, little is known about the Mission: Impossible 7 plot. However, it’s possible to glean a few clues from the previous film in the franchise. Given the plot of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, it seems likely that the new movie will mark a turning point for the series, since Ethan Hunt and co were able to successfully thwart Sean Harris’ Soloman Lane in their previous outing. It’s also known that actor Esai Morales will star as an as yet unknown villain, again hinting at a new story arc.
Perhaps because of the scrutiny around the project. Mission: Impossible 7 has been beset by controversy. For instance, producers came under fire back in 2020 over an alleged plan to blow up a historic bridge in Poland, resulting in a lawsuit against Cruise and McQuarrie. Similarly, production company Paramount is embroiled in legal action against its insurance provider over a failure to pay compensation for delays on production. Even with the complications brought by a pandemic, the new Mission: Impossible movie has had more than its share of issues.
Although many films have faced release delays, Mission: Impossible 7 currently has a tentative release date of September 30, 2022. This follows several previous release dates of July 23, 2021, November 19, 2022, and May 27, 2022. In addition, the film will be made available on streaming service Paramount+ 45 days after its theatrical release.