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Say what you will about Tom Cruise, but the man is practically fearless when it comes to stunt and action work, especially in the Mission: Impossible movies. Even in his late 40s to early 50s, he was willing to dangle from the Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building) in Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol and literally hang off the side of a plane taking off in Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation. It's hard to imagine how Cruise can top either of those feats, but evidently Mission: Impossible 6 will see the action star kicking it up a notch for an intense sequence. It's so crazy that it's taken him more than a year to prepare for.
During an interview with Collider, Skydance CEO and Mission: Impossible 6 producer David Ellison spent some time hyping up the forthcoming installment of the spy action series, specifically calling attention to Tom Cruise's next big moment in this franchise. He said:
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.
Director Christopher McQuarrie later clarified on Twitter that the moment in Mission: Impossible 6 David Ellison is talking about will actually be a sequence rather than a stunt, adding that "the stunts are a hobby." Ellison also wasn't sure where in the movie this sequence would be placed, but he's clearly excited about audiences seeing what Tom Cruise will be pulling off. Mission: Impossible 6's production, will take place in Paris, London and New Zealand, so those may hold some clues as to what insanity Cruise will be putting himself through after such intensive prep work. Will be jump off the Eiffel Tower without a parachute, yet still make it to the ground in one piece? Will he shoot a grappling hook atop of Big Ben to reach a plane flying overhead? Will he singlehandedly overthrow the Church of Scientology? Okay, that last one is too implausible. Regardless, with shooting starting next month and it being easier than ever for set photos to leak, it's possible we'll get an inkling of what this major sequence will be in the near future.
No specific plot details for Mission: Impossible 6 have been released yet, but the movie is set to take Ethan Hunt on an emotional journey. Along with Tom Cruise reprising the series' main protagonist, Rebecca Ferguson will return as Ilsa Faust, while Man of Steel's Henry Cavill and The Crown's Vanessa Kirby have been cast as yet-to-be-revealed characters.
Mission: Impossible 6 hits theaters on July 27, 2018.