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It has been a few weeks since Tom Cruise attempted a stunt on the set of Mission: Impossible 6 and totally injured his ankle in the process. In the time after, the movie shut down, and director Christopher McQuarrie started work on editing the movie early, while production lulled. When Tom Cruise got injured, the rumor mill stated the actor could be out for as long as four months, but now seven weeks have passed and it looks as if Mr. Cruise is back and in on the action.
The actor was spotted in Brentwood, Essex on Tuesday, and yes he was filming scenes for Mission: Impossible 6. According to the Daily Mail, he didn't really start out with light work, either, as he was seen shooting a flying scene involving a helicopter. In another filming sequence, he was also seen driving a truck. Of course, activities like flying and driving aren't really super hard on your ankles, but even so, it's good to see the actor back in business again. Even if it's not risky business, like running around and jumping off buildings. You know, stuff that's typical for Cruise.
While production has been shut down since August when Tom Cruise first hurt his ankle, the movie as a whole isn't supposed to be affected by the injury snafu. (Well, I suppose that depends on how you look at it, as people hired by M:I 6 were likely affected while production was shut down.) However, Christopher McQuarrie has been very clear that he wants to keep production on track as much as possible, and he has been very confident that Mission: Impossible 6 will hit its targeted summer of 2018 release date. He noted,
We've already shot a huge chunk of the movie so you're just taking a big chunk of post-production and moving it up sooner. Then we go back to shooting when the hiatus is over, which is to the full benefit of the movie... The hiatus itself is unknown. We're still figuring that out. Nothing that we're looking at right now is going to affect the release date.
The news also comes just a few weeks after Tom Cruise's The Mummy co-star Courtney B. Vance mentioned that Cruise was working hard in PT to get well and would be back to work shortly.
Despite Cruise's injury and the subsequent shutdown, Mission: Impossible 6 is still expected to hit theaters on July 27, 2018. Mission: Impossible 6 also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Henry Cavill (and his mustache), Angela Bassett and Simon Pegg. To find out what else we know about the movie, check out our full guide. If you'd like to see what other high-octane movies are heading into theaters, take a look at our full movies schedule.