Tom Cruise Has Been Training for a ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Stunt for a Year

Exciting news about the next Mission: Impossible movie. I can’t wait to find out what the stunt is!

When it comes to stunts and the Mission: Impossible franchise, the motto is “go big or go home.” The ante was upped considerably in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which saw Tom Cruise literally hang from the tallest building in the world. Somehow, Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie topped that in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation by hanging Cruise outside of a plane while it took off from the runway. Again, insane. So what in the world do they have planned for Mission: Impossible 6, which McQuarrie is again writing and directing? Apparently the biggest stunt Cruise has ever done in his career.

Collider’s Steve Weintraub recently spoke with Skydance Media CEO David Ellison at SXSW for the premiere of the upcoming sci-fi thriller Life, and during their interview Ellison also offered an update on Mission: Impossible 6, which he’s producing. He revealed that filming on the sequel begins on April 10th and will be shooting in Paris, London, and New Zealand, and when asked what kind of stunt they have planned as the centerpiece this time around, Ellison said Cruise has already been training since Rogue Nation came out:

“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 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.”

Cavill’s casting was already exciting given the spy/comedic chops he showed in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. but Ellison’s comments here are even more encouraging. And as for that stunt, the fact that Cruise has already been training for a year is ridiculous. Ellison went on to explain Cruise’s philosophy behind doing so many practical stunts himself:

“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, he said 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.”

Rogue Nation shook up the franchise formula by putting the film’s biggest stunt at the beginning of the movie, and while Ellison couldn’t say where this Mission: Impossible 6 stunt would come into play, he did says there was debate over where to put the Burj Khalifa sequence in Ghost Protocol:

“I cannot say for M:I 6, but on Rogue Nation it was a conversation that was ongoing about whether or not it was in the opening or the middle of the movie. Obviously in Ghost Protocol there was a lot of conversation about should the Burj be at the end of the movie? Because it was obviously the biggest stunt in the film, and it really was just story drives everything. That’s the amazing thing about working with somebody who’s talented as Chris McQuarrie, who is a brilliant, brilliant screenwriter as well as a director, is story drives every single decision.”

Ellison said the production schedule for Mission: Impossible 6 will be similar to the other movies—90-100 days, filming in three countries—so it’ll be interesting to see if news breaks of this stunt during filming or if they’re able to keep it under wraps. Either way, it sounds like we’re in for a treat when the sequel hits theaters on July 27, 2018.

Behind The Scenes look at The Mummy

Here’s a behind the scenes video from The Mummy:

First Trailer for The Mummy

The Mummy gets its first trailer:

Directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by Jon Spaihts and Christopher McQuarrie, the movie will be out on June 9, 2017.

The Mummy gets a trailer tease and poster

Universal Pictures has just released a teaser trailer for The Mummy, and a full trailer will debut this Sunday. Also, the first poster for the movie. The movie is set for release on June 9th, 2017.

More about the movie:

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.

Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).

The creative team on this action-adventure event is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years—with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the Transformers, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on. Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, produces alongside Kurtzman and Morgan.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Tokyo Premiere

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Tokyo Premiere

Last week, Tom was in Tokyo promoting Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, here are pictures:

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Tokyo Premiere – November 9th, 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Tokyo Press Conference & Photocall – November 8th, 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Seoul Premiere

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Seoul Premiere

Last week, Tom was in Seoul attending the premiere of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, here are photos:

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Seoul Premiere – November 7th, 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Seoul Press Conference & Photocall – November 7th, 2016

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