Unlike other movie franchises, Mission: Impossible gets better with each film, and for that reason can only really be compared to Harry Potter. Adding the fact that each film has been a huge critical and financial success, there's really no surprise that another sequel is right around the corner.
Mission: Impossible 7 – yet to receive a subtitle like the last three entries Ghost Protocol, Rogue Nation, and Fallout - will continue the explosive action franchise that focuses on the unquestionably dedicated spy Ethan Hunt, who heads up the Impossible Mission Force.
Director Christopher McQuarrie is back in the director's seat, having previously helmed the last three movies, and sees the return of Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, the man behind the impossible missions – and the impossible stunts, for that matter.
The film has undergone a number of delays due to COVID-19 while garnering some controversy along the way too - which Mission: Impossible is no stranger to (do you remember Henry Cavill's mustache debacle that led to one of the many problems with Justice League 2017?).
So, if you're here for a briefing on the IMF's latest mission, here's everything you need to know about Mission: Impossible 7, should you choose to accept it.
Mission Impossible 7 cast
The seventh installment sees the return of Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Henry Czerny, and Frederick Schmidt, all of whom will be reprising their roles as Ethan Hunt, Luther Stickell, Benji Dunn, Ilsa Faust, Erika Sloane, Alanna Mitsopolis, Eugene Kittridge, and Zola Mitsopolis.
The characters of Ethan, Luther, Benji, and Ilsa are beloved characters, with the team feeling like a family of sorts (without them saying so every five minutes – yes, looking at you, Fast & Furious franchise). Unfortunately, Jeremy Renner has not been confirmed, whose character Brandt was first introduced in Ghost Protocol, but was last seen in Rogue Nation.
Newcomers include Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, Rob Delaney, Mark Gatiss, Cary Elwes, Lampros Kalfuntzos, Greg Tarzan Davis, Pom Klementieff, Charles Parnell, Indira Varma, and Esai Morales, with the latter playing the film's main antagonist, replacing Nicholas Hoult who had to leave the project due to scheduling conflicts. Director Christopher McQuarrie has described Hayley Atwell's character as a "destructive force of nature", with the actress adding that her character is "ambiguous".
Despite previously being set to return, actress Angela Bassett, who appeared as CIA Operative Erica Sloane in Mission Impossible: Fallout, recently confirmed in an interview with Collider that she won't be returning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying, "I can't tease anything about Mission: Impossible 7 except that COVID took me out, or kept me out, how about that [laughs]. That's all I know about that, so maybe I'll be able to tease 8 when that comes along."
Mission Impossible 7 release date
Originally scheduled for July 23 this year but delayed due to COVID-19, Mission: Impossible 7 was then set for release on May 27, 2022. However, in something of a shock-twist, the movie has yet again been delayed, which also pushes out Mission: Impossible 8. Mission: Impossible 7 will now release on July 14, 2023, and its sequel on June 28 the following year.
Mission Impossible 7 plot
Besides the fact that this is another outing for the IMF and will be their biggest challenge yet, no official synopsis has been released. But one thing's for sure – expect dynamite flames, insane stunts, face-changers, and messages that will self-destruct in five seconds.
Mission Impossible 7 trailer
Like the film's plot, the trailer is also currently classified, but will likely be released into the public domain sometime in the coming months. Either way, we're excited to see what they've done with the music this time around, with previous trailers featuring renditions of the iconic Mission: Impossible theme tune covered by the likes of Metallica, Limp Bizkit, and Imagine Dragons.
Mission Impossible 7 filming locations
Filming for Mission: Impossible 7 has faced just as many challenges as the IMF team does on any given day. Originally scheduled to start shooting in February 2020, filming was postponed due to the pandemic. The initial shoot took place in Rome, Italy, where the virus was rife at the time.
It wasn't until July that year that the crew arrived in the UK to film at the Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, however, the studio shoots would later move to Longcross Film Studios due to COVID-19. Other locations were many throughout Norway, the Middle East, Poland and Yorkshire, and the Peak District in the UK.
Mission Impossible 7 stunts
The Mission: Impossible franchise is famous for its signature stunts, a challenge the ever-committed Tom Cruise has undertaken in every single installment to date, utilizing vehicles, manmade structures, and even natural ones to prove his commitment to the cause; to give the audiences a level of believability no other film franchise can offer.
And, fortunately, this isn't something that's set to change in the seventh entry. Previous films have seen him climb the Dead Horse Point in Utah, scale the Burg Khalifa in Dubai, and hang onto the door of an airplane as its wheels leave the runway.
But while details are slim on what stunts we can expect in the latest sequel, the actor was spotted filming an action sequence on top of a train with Esai Morales in Norway. Initially, there was a lot of speculation about Cruise going up into space (yes, actual space) for the seventh installment.
However, that's actually another movie with director Doug Liman. And besides, perhaps that kind of silliness is best left for the likes of Fast & Furious 9 (although we're convinced Cruise could pull it off either way).
Mission Impossible 7 news
Shooting a highly anticipated action movie that's famous for signature stunts and an incredibly committed and passionate actor is one thing, but doing it in the middle of a global pandemic is an impossible mission in itself. So it's no surprise that the film's production has been at the heart of some controversy over the past twelve months.
Mission: Impossible 7 was first announced in January 2019, and was initially proposed as a back-to-back film with an eighth installment, something that has now changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic (though we've no doubt that there will be the eighth installment).
The film has undergone several filming delays to date and has had its own fair share of incidents along the way. Last year, a fire broke out during a motorbike stunt in Oxfordshire, UK (during which no one was hurt). However, in December 2020, Mission: Impossible 7 ‘broke the internet' almost 18 months before its release when an audio recording was released, that featured Cruise shouting at production crew members for breaching COVID-19 guidelines.
Cruise's commitment to protecting co-workers and the film's production was met with global support.
Last month, a crew member tested positive for the virus, and production was once again halted for two weeks.
Director Christopher McQuarrie shared set photos on his Instagram account, one of Rebecca Ferguson's Ilsa Faust sporting an eyepatch, and the other showing what looks to be the inside of a train, indicating the stunt in Norway.
Throughout August, the crew have been shooting multiple scenes across the UK, including Birmingham, as well as a stunt in Derbyshire, which involved a steam train going over a cliff. Videos of the footage have been leaked online.
Cruise and co-star Hayley Atwell have also been spotted at numerous locations throughout Birmingham, while Cruise himself was seen dining out at an Indian restaurant.
Meanwhile, a number of set photos have been revealed, including a picture revealing the film's new line up. Cruise also landed his helicopter at a property in Warwickshire, much to the surprise of the family who lived there. The actor even asked his pilot to fly the family round the area while he attended a meeting.
At the Las Vegas CinemaCon on August 26, the first footage for the film was unveiled, which showed what is being described as Cruise's "most dangerous stunt ever", which allegedly sees the actor ride a motorcycle off a ramp on a cliff edge, before parachuting to the ground below.
The film crew reported that the stunt involved Cruise undertaking 500 hours of skydiving, and 13,000 jumps on the bike.
Tom Cruise was set to next appear in another long-awaited sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, originally scheduled for release on 19 November 2021, but due to COVID-19 concerns, that film was moved to May 27 this year, which resulted in the delay of Mission: Impossible 7 from May 2022 to September 30, 2022. However, the movie has been delayed yet again, and has been moved to July 14, 2023.
Don't worry – this article won't self-destruct in five seconds, so be sure to come back here for everything you need to know about Mission: Impossible 7 as more news unfolds.