Tom Cruise is featured on the Summer issue of Empire Magazine with an exclusive preview of the new Mission: Impossible:
Late last year, a video of Tom Cruise berating the Mission: Impossible 7 crew surfaced, with Cruise going on a tirade about those who allegedly broke COVID-19 protocols. Despite the video becoming public, Cruise stands by what he said and offered details about what transpired and why.
During a new interview with Empire magazine (via ET Canada), Cruise was asked about the moment caught on tape. “It can get fraught. Fraught and personal,” Cruise said. “I said what I said. There was a surge happening in England also at that point. And there was a lot at stake at that point. But it wasn’t my entire crew. I had the crew leave the set, and it was just select people. And the wonderful thing is that we never shut down again. And here we are, continuing to film.”
Cruise added that avoiding any additional shutdowns and getting back to filming, in general, was a huge relief for him. “All those emotions were going through my mind,” Cruise said. “And for the whole crew to know that we’d started rolling on a movie was just a huge relief… it was very emotional.”
Joining Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell are returning Mission: Impossible alums Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep), Simon Pegg (Ready Player One), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Vanessa Kirby (Hobbs & Shaw) and Henry Czerny (Ready or Not) along with newcomers Shea Whigham (Joker), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers: Infinity War) and Esai Morales (La Bamba, Titans) who will replace Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) for the villain role.
The Mission: Impossible franchise spans almost 25 years and six films, starting off with modest critical and major box office success in the first two films before launching its lead protagonist into grittier and more explosive stories, each film getting progressively better reviews than its predecessor, with the most recent installment, Fallout, earning the highest reviews for both the franchise and the action genre, currently maintaining a 97% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes while also acquiring the highest box office gross of the franchise at over $790 million worldwide.
Mission: Impossible 7 is set to premiere on May 27, 2022, followed by Mission: Impossible 8 on July 7, 2023.
Tom Cruise has joined the protests against the HFPA lack of diversity and refusal to change it’s structure:
Tom Cruise has returned his three Golden Globes statues amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Cruise won the best actor honor in 1990 for Born on the Fourth of July and in 1997 for Jerry Maguire, as well as a best supporting actor award in 2000 for Magnolia.
Earlier today, NBC announced that it would not be airing the 2022 iteration of the Golden Globes. Said the network in a statement: “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right.”
The backlash began after an L.A. Times report detailing that the organization counted zero Black journalists among its then-87 members. Last week, the HFPA’s membership voted to approve a proposal of reforms aimed at addressing its lack of diversity and other ethics issues, but many in Hollywood, including Time’s Up and a coalition of PR Firms, noted that the reforms do not go far enough.
Monday’s news comes after Netflix and Amazon Studios each announced they would no longer be working with the HFPA until the organization enacted sweeping changes.
Cruise is the latest Hollywood talent to express their disapproval with the HFPA. Scarlett Johansson, who has been nominated for four Golden Globes awards, urged Hollywood to take a “step back” from the HFPA, while Golden Globe winner Mark Ruffalo recently offered a statement: “Now is the time to step up and right the wrongs of the past.”
Tom Cruise posted a rare social media post today about #TopGunDay:
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) May 13, 2021
Mission: Impossible 7 is currently scheduled to hit theaters on Nov. 19. Through six movies, the Mission: Impossible franchise has minted over $3.57 billion through six movies, with the most recent title in 2018, Mission: Impossible – Fallout grossing the most for the series with over $791M WW.
Paramount is releasing it’s own streaming platform. There is no word if Top Gun: Maverick will also be released on streaming soon after release.
Also, Christopher McQuarrie released on Instagram the first official image from the movie:
Tom Cruise has arrived in Dubai on Friday where he’ll be filming Mission: Impossible 7 & 8. Plans are also to shoot in Abu Dhabi!
Below are some photos. Enjoy!