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If you're looking for a new reason to be excited about Mission: Impossible 6, then boy do we have news for you. As it turns out, Henry Cavill, an actor you may or may not have heard of as the star of such genre films as Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, has officially been announced as a new cast member in director Christopher McQuarrie's follow-up to 2015's wildly popular Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. And his participation was announced rather cleverly, as you'll see in the Instagram post below.
Now for those of you who don't want to go fishing through Christopher McQuarrie's Instagram post to get the gist of the conversation between the director and the Man From U.N.C.L.E. star, we have a handy transcript for you to read below. As promised, it's a lot of fun banter between the two men, and it results in the confirmation that Cavill will be involved in another possible victory lap for Paramount's legendary franchise.
McQuarrie: Say, @henrycavill. Had a thought. Curious if you're interested in a role in the 6th installment of Mission: Impossible. No pressure.
Cavill: How can I say no to a man with such perfect hair.....
McQuarrie: @henrycavill excellent. Just a few caveats: must enjoy extreme heights, high speeds, motor vehicles of all varieties (especially aircraft), practical stunts, firearms, and sporadic exposition. All good?
Cavill: @christophermcquarrie only if I get to fly for real
McQuarrie: @henrycavill I do believe I specified practical stunts. You in?
Cavill: Oh ok.....I'm in!
Now already one big question is looming over our heads when it comes to Mission: Impossible 6: will Henry Cavill's casting affect the status of Jeremy Renner's possible inclusion in the film's line-up. As he's stated before, Renner's more than ready to get back into action with the IMF team, however he did mention that Avengers: Infinity War will be taking up a good chunk of his 2017 schedule. So either his role of IMF Agent William Brandt will be reduced to a cameo, much like Ving Rhames' Luther Stickell had been in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, or he'll be cycled out like many other IMF agents that have come before him. Either way, a vacancy seems to be opening up, and Cavill is just the guy to fill it.
While most folks will tell you that they know Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent from the current DC Extended Universe, there's a small but vocal pocket of people who know just why Cavill's casting in Mission: Impossible 6 is a brilliant stroke of genius. 2015's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. saw Cavill do many of the things IMF agents are required to do: dress sharp, travel at a moments notice and be able to fight and/or charm their way out of any situation. So bringing his rugged good looks, and his previous credentials in bespoke attire, only help bolster the case for even including him in the new IMF line-up. Not to mention, his comedic timing in U.N.C.L.E. was impeccable, so having another wise-ass around will help keep everything exciting.
With Mission: Impossible 6 looking to release its final product on July 27th, 2018, it looks like not a moment was spared in casting Henry Cavill at such a late play in the game. Here's hoping that we'll find out about the details for his unnamed character soon, as we'll be eager to share any further mission updates with you as they roll in.