Longtime fans of the Mission: Impossible film series should appreciate this.
Director Christopher McQuarrie has taken to twitter to announce that Ving Rhames, the only M: I star not named Tom Cruise to appear in all of the films so far, will be back for the fifth installment. Rhames's Luther Stickell first appeared as an ace computer hacker in the original film, which was directed by Brian De Palma. Since then, his role has become smaller- sometimes only appearing in a single scene for a quick cameo.
No word yet on whether his role will be more substantial this time, as the plot details for the film have been kept tightly under wraps. Expectations for the movie are pretty high, though, considering that the last one, Ghost Protocol, singlehandedly revived the franchise- which many had thought was down for the count when the third film underperformed back in 2006.
This will be the fourth time McQuarrie and Cruise work together, with a history together that now includes Valkyrie, Jack Reacher, and Edge of Tomorrow. If the two of them can bring the freshness and the great balance of action and character that they did to Tomorrow for M: I 5, then this should be a good one.
We shall see. Regardless, welcome back, Irving!