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Published On: Thu, Feb 8th, 2018

‘Mission Impossible Fallout’ trailer, new featurette on helicopter stunt

Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt in the first trailer for Mission: Impossible: Fallout as Paramount Pictures and Skydance have released tease the sixth film in the long-running film franchise.

Returning director, Christopher McQuarrie, who was also behind the fifth chapter in 2015, Rogue Nation re-teams with Cruise.

The trailer opens with a bird’s eye view of Paris, before sweeping through dark corridors, narrow alleys, former MI6 agent Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) narrates and riffs on the famous line: “Your mission, should you choose to accept it. I wonder, did you ever choose not to? The end you always feared is coming.”

Joining Cruise is an all-star cast which includes: Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Wes Bentley, and Frederick Schmidt.

The plot centers around the risks of plutonium, nuclear attacks, and the CIA. Of course, all of that is merely an excuse to allow Cruise to perform a series of outrageous stunts, which involve scaling a steep cliff, rappelling up a helicopter, and jumping rooftops.

“What the hell is he doing?” a character asks at one point, to which Beji Dunn (Simon Pegg) replies: “I find it best not to look,” speaking for the audience.

Kirby is a new addition, one teased by McQuarrie last year.

“The way the movie tends to come together, there’s a pretty good idea what the story is and what the screenplay is. And we hire actors with an idea of where their character is going. But what Tom and I like to do is work with the actor and on the set start to say, “Well, I’m feeling more of this from you.” For example, Vanessa Kirby’s character in the story started as one thing, and during our conversations, not even rehearsals, but costume fittings and props and things like that we started to play with is your character this – is this a good character or is this a bad character? Is it a character we like to see being bad, or is it a character we want to see get her comeuppance? And we played with all these different shades of the character until we found just who she was. And then on the first day we shot with her, that all proved to be wrong. And Vanessa just found this beautiful tone that she played with Tom. And now I know how to write the rest of the movie.”

The studio also added some more tease by releasing the behind-the-scenes featurette surrounding Cruise’s helicopter stunt:  “…from a pure danger level I’d say this tops anything that’s come before in the Mission franchise—and this is a series that knows how to push boundaries. Cruise hung off the side of the Burj Khalifa in Ghost Protocol and hung off the side of an airplane as it took off in Rogue Nation, but here the control is entirely in Cruise’s hands,” writers Collider.

Mission: Impossible: Fallout arrives in theaters on July 27.

Here’s the official synopsis for Mission: Impossible – Fallout:

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.

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