Mission: Impossible 7 resumes shooting in Rome

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New set photos of Mission: Impossible 7 which is currently shooting in Rome give us a glimpse into the espionage film. Tom Cruise was spotted hitting the gas along with co-star Hayley Atwell at the city’s iconic Piazza Venezia. The duo appeared to be handcuffed while shooting their action-packed sequence. 

Tom Cruise will be back as Ethan Hunt for the seventh and eighth instalments of the franchise. The 58-year-old actor was spotted in Rome, Italy wearing two masks (Safety first, Hunt). Joining the cast will be Hayley Atwell, who is well known for playing Peggy Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Director Christopher McQuarrie also stated that Atwell’s character will be a ‘destructive force of nature’. What does that mean? We will just have to wait for the movie to find out.

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The Mission Impossible franchise seems to age like fine wine. Every sequel of the Tom Cruise starrer brings in more stunts and drama to the story. The film will also see the return of Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Vanessa Kirby and Simon Pegg.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout which earned $791 million, was the most successful instalment of the franchise. With the consistent success of the action spy series, it is no surprise that Paramount Pictures green light the next two additions of the MI series at once. Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 will be shot back to back and will release within just a year’s gap. 

Christopher McQuarrie will be directing and writing Mission: Impossible 7 & 8. McQuarrie took the reins of the franchise with Rogue Nation which was followed by Fallout. Both of these films have received positive feedback from fans and the box office, so clearly Paramount Pictures wanted him to stay on board. 

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I want everybody to have an emotional arc; I just want the movie to have more feeling across the board. We know that with the addition of extra characters and the addition of storylines for the team, the movie’s gonna be three hours long. In reality, that means with us doing it, it will be 3 ½. Who are we kidding? Let’s just call it four, cut it in half and make it two movies. Now, the story can just kind of breathe.

Christopher McQuarrie

As the spotlight of the previous films was Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), focusing on other characters will breathe in fresh air into the series. It will be interesting to see the team of secret agents of the Misson: Impossible franchise get more screen time and a good character arc. 

Tom Cruise is well known for his death-defying stunts in the Mission: Impossible franchise. From holding his breath for six minutes in Rogue Nation to breaking his ankle while jumping from building to building in Fallout. Mission: Impossible 7 will feature more spine-tingling stunts that will leave fans at the edge of their seats. 

With 2021 seeing the release of Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7, Tom Cruise might finally add a $1 billion movie under his name. 

And since the earth isn’t good enough, Tom Cruise will be heading to space in October 2021 to shoot his next film. The still-untitled movie will be directed by Doug Liman and will use Elon Musk’s SpaceX and NASA’s backing to be the first narrative to be shot in space. 

Check out this heart-stopping stunt that was captured for Mission: Impossible 7. I wonder what happened to that motorcycle though. Don’t worry about Cruise, he is clearly immortal by now.

The seventh and eighth chapters of the long-running franchise were originally scheduled for a release on July 23, 2021, and August 5, 2022, respectively. However, on account of productions being halted due to the pandemic, the release date was pushed back. Mission: Impossible 7 will hit the theatres on November 19, 2021, while Mission Impossible 8 will see a release date of November 4, 2022.