Mission: Impossible 7’s Cary Elwes Shares Photo With Tom Cruise After Wrapping

Mission: Impossible Fallout cast

For some reason, it feels like Mission: Impossible 7 has been filming forever. Granted, time is a flat circle in these pandemic production days, and delays have caused Hollywood’s calendar to basically implode. But even taking all of that into consideration, Tom Cruise’s meltdown behind the scenes at a maskless crew member feels like it happened five years ago, instead of December of 2020. All of this is to say that Christopher McQuarrie continues to film on the next Mission: Impossible sequel, and co-star Cary Elwes, but he just shared this photo of himself and Cruise as a way of saying he has wrapped filming.

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Cary Elwes will be a new addition to the Mission: Impossible ensemble, though he won’t be alone. It’s unclear what role the former The Princess Bride star is playing, because secrecy is a cloak that the Mission: Impossible franchise wears well. But we have picked up reports that in addition to Elwes, McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 7 has added names such as Esai Morales (playing, we believe, the film’s main villain), Rob Delaney, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, and Hayley Atwell.

That’s a lot of people for Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) to try and take down. Unless some of them play allies. You never really know in the world of Mission: Impossible.

Filming on the next two Mission: Impossible movies have been fluid, and prone to adjustment. When the projects initially were announced, it was Christopher McQuarrie’s plan to film parts 7 and 8 back to back, suggesting that maybe there was a large enough story to bridge the two sequels. Adding all of those cast members made sense if the next two movies were about to expand the world and increase the stakes (after Mission: Impossible - Fallout, that would sound… impossible).

Over the years, the Mission: Impossible films have been adding faces who go on to become regulars. Simon Pegg probably had no clue he’d become Tom Cruise’s second mate when he signed on for Mission: Impossible III as a favor for his friend JJ Abrams. Ving Rhames has been around since the earliest days, while Alec Baldwin and Angela Bassett have become consistent mainstays. And Rebecca Ferguson has made herself a member of the Mission family since appearing in the outstanding Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. I mean, this is how you make an entrance, and plant your flag.

The plan to film parts 7 and 8 back to back fell apart due to all of the production delays facing Paramount and Christopher McQuarrie. But Mission: Impossible 7 is back on track, with actors wrapping and Cruise testing the boundaries of gravity in all new death-defying stunts. We will be able to see how all of this plays out once the sequel reaches theaters on May 27, 2022. And you will want to keep an eye on our Upcoming Movie Releases calendar to see what films are going to be in multiplexes between now and the end of the year.

Sean O'Connell
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.