The guarded trailer for Mission Impossible 7 was briefly leaked online before being pulled through the studio. But we have the details.
The trailer for the highly anticipated Mission Impossible 7 was posted online shortly before Paramount pulled it.
The two-minute, 10-second video was shown at CinemaCon last month and was posted to Twitter at 7:30 a.m. AEST before being taken down shortly after due to a copyright notice.
The video, which also confirmed the title of the next Tom Cruise action extravaganza, would be called Dead Reckoning: Part Onewas a quick-edited trailer showcasing the insane stunts fans expect from a Mission Impossible installment.
Any doubts about its authenticity — fan-curated trailers are often deceptively titled on YouTube and similar platforms — were quashed when footage of franchise newcomer Hayley Atwell appeared in the video.
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The trailer for the film, which will be released in July 2023, also reveals multiple car chases, writhing dancers at a party, a military-style weapons unit, Rebecca Ferguson fencing on a Venetian bridge, Cruise in the sky on a motorcycle, shenanigans involving a train, an underwater sequence and a mysterious key.
Returning Mission Impossible supporting stars Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Vanessa Kirby are also featured, while there are clips from Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham and Esai Morales.
Henry Czerny, who played Eugene Kittridge in the first Mission Impossible film, features prominently in the trailer with its voiceover as the only dialogue.
And of course there’s a clip of Cruise running at full throttle. It’s not a Tom Cruise movie if it doesn’t run – it has to be in his contract.
The Mission Impossible franchise was rebooted in 1996 by director Bryan De Palma with Cruise as Ethan Hunt, an agent of the Impossible Missions Force.
A sequel from John Woo followed in 2000 before JJ Abrams took over the reins for Mission Impossible III in 2006 and Brad Bird in 2011 with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol†
Since 2015, Cruise has worked closely with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed rogue nation and precipitationand is responsible for the upcoming seventh and eighth episodes.
Cruise and McQuarrie often start filming without a full script, just a storyline and a bag of ambitious stunt ideas.
The seventh and eighth Mission Impossibles were filmed back-to-back starting in February 2020 before Covid halted production. After filming started in mid-2020, images of Cruise showing the actor leaked angrily reprimanding crew members because they are lax about covid protocols.
Production is currently underway on the eighth movie.
There is further drama behind the scenes as The Hollywood Reporter revealed a clash between Cruise and executives at Paramount over Mission Impossible 7’s theater window. Cruise, who is a staunch supporter of cinematic releases over streaming, was outraged by Paramount’s decision to shorten the window to 45 days. Cruise is said to have engaged lawyers to fight Paramount over the matter.
THR also revealed that there was tension over the production’s growing budget.
The Mission Impossible series is characterized by its action scenes, which are known to be practically shot rather than tricked into a soundstage in front of a green screen. Cruise famously broke his foot while filming an earlier movie, jumping between rooftops in London.
Cruise brought the same dedication to practical stunts in the Top Gun follow-up Independent thinking personwhich will be released next week.
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