Henry Cavill joins MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6 cast

Who would’ve thought back in 1996 that 21 years later, the Mission: Impossible franchise would still be going strong 5 films in? Certainly not I, but marshall on it has, elevating itself to the status of franchise blockbusters like the Fast & Furious series. Like that franchise, M:I has increasingly provided ensemble casts to assist star Tom Cruise with the heavy lifting, which have included Ving Rhames, Jean Reno, Emilio Estevez, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, Simon Pegg, Lawrence Fishburne, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin. Not ones to change up the formula, director Christopher McQuarrie (who helmed Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Cruise have been promising a new direction for the franchise with the upcoming 6th installment, and seem to be keeping to that with recent cast announcements.

A rather humorous exchange via Twitter revealed that Henry Cavill (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel) had been cast as “some sort of a right hand to the head of Cruise’s unit.” At the conclusion of Rogue Nation, CIA Director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) was appointed the new Secretary of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) but its unknown if he will still hold the position or if a new character will be calling the shots similar to how Fishburne’s Theodore Brassel was the head of the organization in Mission: Impossible III and Tom Wilkinson‘s unnamed secretary had assumed command by the time the events of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol rolled around.
In addition to casting, McQuarrie has spoken previously about how he hopes to explore new territory in the franchise with this film, such as abandoning the now standard action prologue each previous film has adhered to:
“It does not start with action. That was the hardest pitch of this movie. I came to Tom with a picture of something and Tom looked at it and said, ‘That’s awesome! I want to fall off of that!’ It’s like, OK, I can see it on a poster, and I can see Tom falling off of it.”
Another arena he hopes to explore is a more personal story involving Cruise’s Ethan Hunt:
“I’ve seen five of these movies and I don’t know who Ethan Hunt is. I want to know who Ethan is in this movie, I want an emotional journey for this character, and Tom really embraced it.”
No other details are available at this time, but Cavill’s casting has recieved some positive reactions thus far. Cavill portrayed suave thief-turned-CIA agent in 2015’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., so he should be very comfortable in the world of espionage and bring some new blood to the franchise.
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