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Those who follow Tom Cruise's career closely know that the man likes doing his own stunts, even going so far as to strap himself to the side of a plane for Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation. Cruise has been fortunate enough to make it out of many of these stunts unscathed, but last month, he broke his right ankle while filming Mission: Impossible 6. The actor has been spending the weeks since then making sure his ankle is properly healing, and according to Courtney B. Vance, his The Mummy costar, Cruise is recovering nicely and almost ready to head back to work. Vance said:
[Tom] texted me about two days ago, he's doing well. He's coming back. I'm doing a little PT myself. I had a couple of knee operations, so he and I are going back and forth with our injuries.
Courtney B. Vance updated Entertainment Tonight on Tom Cruise's condition while appearing at the Creative Arts Emmys this past Sunday with his wife and fellow actor Angela Bassett, who is one of Cruise's many co-stars on Mission: Impossible 6. Production on the next installment of the long-running spy action film series has been on hold so that Cruise can heal, and judging by Vance's comment, it sounds like the hiatus will soon be over. Cruise and Vance appeared together in The Mummy reboot earlier this year, which served as the first installment of the Dark Universe franchise.
Tom Cruise's ankle took a beating during Mission: Impossible 6's principal photography when Cruise landed wrong while performing a stunt involving him jumping between rooftops, and then slamming into the side of a building. Even though Mission: Impossible 6 had to pause filming due to the injury, that doesn't mean that work hasn't continued in other areas. Director Christopher McQuarrie previously said that the cast and crew would complete as much as possible that didn't require the actor's presence. After that, McQuarrie would redirect his attention to "editorial," such as editing, as you can see in his recent Instagram post.
No plot details for Mission: Impossible 6 have been revealed yet, but the blockbuster has a stacked cast. In addition to Cruise reprising Ethan Hunt and Angela Bassett playing the new director of the CIA, the participating individuals include Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, Michelle Monaghan as Julia Meade-Hunt, Alec Baldwin as Alan Hunley, Sean Harris as Solomon Lane, Henry Cavill, Sian Brooke, Vanessa Kirby and Frederick Schmidt.
Mission: Impossible 6 is still scheduled to be released on July 27, 2018. While we wait for more news regarding its progress, don't forget to look through our 2017 movie guide to see what this year's remaining theatrical offerings are.