Love him or hate him, you can’t deny Tom Cruise is truly one of the last true action heroes of Hollywood. Every big action movie he does, not only does he always push to do his own stunts, but he makes sure his films use as little CGI as possible. A prime example of this is the upcoming Top Gun sequel, a film which could easily use CGI for all of its flying sequences, but thanks to Cruise, we’ll be seeing real live jets used, just like we did in the 1986 film! Tom Cruise, you the real MVP.
But Tom Cruise isn’t stopping there. For his next Mission: Impossible film, he reportedly trained for a year for a major part in the film. During an interview at SXSW, Skydance Media’s CEO David Ellison was quoted,
“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 A400M 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.”
That’s pretty crazy to hear. Cruise has always been dedicated to the M:I franchise; trying to give the fans the best possible films he can. And thanks to him being a producer on them, he’s almost always been successful with that. I think we can all agree they’ve only kept getting better since the third film.
Christopher McQuarrie is returning as director for the sixth film after having directed Rogue Nation. Since the interview came out, he came forward on Twitter to clarify Ellison’s statements.
So there you have it. It’s not a single stunt, but a major sequence for the film. Still pretty impressive nonetheless. From climbing the world’s tallest building, hanging off the side of a plane during take off and flight, and holding his breath under water for multiple minutes, these action sequences have never been short of impressive. And to be training for an entire year for just one sequence, I can only imagine what they have up their sleeves for the next installment for this action-packed franchise.
Mission: Impossible 6 began filming April 8th, two days ahead of the originally announced production start date of April 10th. It will shoot in New Zealand, London, and Paris. The film is set to be released in theaters July 27, 2018.