What a glorious week for people who enjoy watching Tom Cruise risk life and limb in action sequels.
This Friday, Top Gun: Maverick hits theaters, and right now you can check out the just-released trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, the seventh entry in the film franchise that began way back in 1996 with Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible.
The trailer opens with Henry Czerny's onetime Impossible Mission Force director Jim Phelps (who was last seen in De Palma's movie) informing Cruise's superspy Ethan Hunt that his days of "fighting for the so-called greater are over." But fret not! The rest of the clip strongly suggests that there will be stunts, glamorous locales, vehicular mayhem, and, yes, fighting aplenty in the film, which will be released July 14, 2023.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and costars Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, Pom Klementieff, Esai Morales, Rob Delaney, and Cary Elwes, among others.
At last August's CinemaCon, Paramount showed footage of Cruise working with stuntmen to prepare to ride a motorbike off of a massive ramp on an also massive cliff, fly off the bike, and parachute to the ground. Writer-director McQuarrie called it not only the biggest stunt in the movie, but "by far the most dangerous stunt we've ever done."
The film, like so many others, suffered numerous COVID-related delays on its way to theaters. Last summer, filming was put on pause after an unknown number of positive coronavirus test results popped up during regular testing. That delay famously came months after the film's star made headlines after a leaked audio clip seemingly featured him berating crew members for breaking COVID-19 safety protocols on the set. In the audio snippet, Cruise can be heard yelling, "I see you do it again, you're f---ing gone!
Before that, filming in Italy shuttered in February 2020 when the country became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.
Cruise and McQuarrie are currently shooting the film's sequel, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two, which is scheduled for release on June 28, 2024.
Watch the trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One below.