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.
“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.”
“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.”