The Mission: Impossible franchise is a rarity in that the films keep getting better and better. Though the original 1996 film is an untouchable classic, M:I-2 took a tremendous dip in quality, but each successive film has improved over the last with Rogue Nation easily the best outing since the original. Bond films have highs and lows, about every other film these days, but Mission: Impossible is on a hot streak, even as Tom Cruise slowly ages out of the role. Perhaps this is why director Christopher McQuarrie took to Instagram to invite Henry Cavill of Batman V Superman fame to join production on Mission: Impossible 6.
The sixth installment of the franchise begins shooting soon in order to hit the July 27, 2018 release date set by Paramount, a full three years after Mission:Impossible - Rogue Nation. Christopher McQuarrie returns to write and direct, hot off Rogue Nation and still riding high after his script for Edge of Tomorrow impressed audiences. Also confirmed to be returning to the franchise is the incomparable Rebecca Ferguson as Ethan Hunt's equal, former MI6 agent Isla Faust. Jeremy Renner as William Brandt is likely to return, seeing as how his contract includes three films of which he's appeared in only Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation thus far. Vanessa Kirby is also joining the cast, and I expect to see Simon Pegg return as Benji for the fourth time, as his role has been beefed up picture to picture. And who doesn't want to see Ving Rhames appear return for the fifth time?
Last night on Instragram, McQuarrie invited Cavill to join the team in making Mission: Impossible 6:
Normally, I wouldn't count this as legit casting news. But what followed in the comments seem to be Cavill accepting the role:
"How can I say no to a man with such perfect hair......"
McQuarrie, who does indeed have perfect hair, warned, " Just a few caveats: must enjoy extreme heights, high speeds, motor vehicles of all varieties (especially aircraft), practical stunts, firearms, and sporadic exposition. All good?"
"Only if I get to fly for real," said Superman, tired of CGI flights and jealous of Tom Cruise's plane riding skills.
The two agreed practical stunts are a must, and a deal was struck!
"Outstanding. Welcome aboard. Your social media account will self destruct in 5 seconds."
Cavill is the perfect addition to the Mission: Impossible franchise. In addition to Supes, what probably won him the role was his performance in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., in which he played a charming American spy. Though the film was a mixed bag, he nailed it.
Now the question arises: what type of character will Cavill play, based on the traditions of the franchise? Is he the latest sucker in charge of IMF? Will he keep his British accent and be a former partner of Isla Faust, perhaps sent to bring her in? Is he the villain? Maybe he's being groomed as Cruise's replacement, as Jeremy Renner was rumored to be when Ghost Protocol was announced? Or will it be a tiny role as an IMF agent who doesn't last so long, like Josh Holloway's Agent Hanaway in Ghost Protocol?
What role would you like to see Cavill take in Mission: Impossible 6? Or do you think he's not up for such an impossible mission?
Mission: Impossible 6 should hit your multiplex on July 27, 2018... if everything goes according to plan.
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