Top Gun: Maverick star Tom Cruise will be back in action as Impossible Missions Force (IMF) agent Ethan Hunt sooner than expected.


That's right, folks: Paramount/ Skydance’s hotly-anticipated Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’s release date has been moved forward.

Paramount boss Brian Robbins announced the news at CinemaCon 2023, which also treated fans in the audience to a trailer, and 20 minutes of footage from the upcoming film.

“Tom wanted us to let you know, this is not the opening of the film,” said Paramount distribution boss Chris Aronson of the 20-minute scene, which features Cruise’s Ethan Hunt handcuffed to Hayley Atwell’s character as they flee police.

A promo stunt for Mission: Impossible 7 – Dead Reckoning was previously released during CinemaCon 2022 prior to the screening of Top Gun: Maverick, which shows Cruise sitting on top of a biplane that is currently in flight.

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Another biplane pulls up to remind Cruise to get on with filming, so Cruise wishes everyone a fantastic summer and ends his speech with a simple "See you at the movies", before the two planes swerve off to the left.

The first trailer landed in May 2022, showing Hunt in various action scenes across the globe including desert locations and scenes in Venice.

The footage shows returning characters Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) aiding Cruise once again.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find the latest cast, trailer and production news on Mission: Impossible 7 below. This article probably won’t self-destruct after reading, but just be careful, OK?

Mission: Impossible 7 release date

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One will now released in cinemas on Friday 12th July 2023, rather than Sunday 14th July, as had been planned.

For context, Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 were originally set to film back-to-back and launch in the summers of 2021 and 2022 respectively, but that plan went out the window when coronavirus struck.

To his credit, star Tom Cruise did everything he could to keep things on track, even reportedly setting up a "coronavirus-free village" for the cast and crew at an abandoned RAF site in Oxford back in June 2020.

His radical action towards the unprecedented situation allowed Mission: Impossible 7 to be one of the first Hollywood productions to resume work following the industry-wide COVID shutdown.

Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust in Mission Impossible 7
Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust in Mission Impossible 7 YouTube/Paramount Pictures UK

Co-star Shea Whigham told "When you have someone like Tom, he figures these things out... We needed that at the time, we needed somebody like Tom Cruise to lead us because there's no playbook for how to do a film in a pandemic. He's an amazing leader, he really is."

However, in recent months, Cruise's hands-on approach to the franchise has caused some friction between himself and the executives at Paramount, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Supposedly, the star has objected to the studio's plan to release Mission: Impossible 7 for just 45 days in cinema, before dropping it free-of-charge on fledgling streaming service Paramount+.

At the time of writing, the dispute isn't over and so it remains unclear whether the film will have a full three-month theatrical run or whether it will be another early home release a la The Batman on HBO Max (in the United States).

Whigham added: "I'm with Tom and [director] McQuarrie on that. I love to see a three-month run. I've seen a little bit of seven, McQuarrie showed me some of that, and it is incredible stuff... these guys are cinephiles, they know cinema and they appreciate it."

Who stars in the film?

We already have the confirmed cast of Mission: Impossible 7.

Tom Cruise is back as daredevil IMF agent Ethan Hunt in both movies, with Rebecca Ferguson also returning as MI6 ally Ilsa Faust for at least Mission: Impossible 7.

The first big new addition to be announced for the final two entries was Hayley Atwell, best known as the MCU's Peggy Carter, who will be the female lead in both films as a mysterious character named Grace.

McQuarrie has also now revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy star Pom Klementieff will join the franchise as a new femme fatale, while Ozark's Esai Morales has bagged a villainous role.

Hayley Atwell in Mission Impossible, with a key next to her face
Hayley Atwell in Mission Impossible YouTube/Paramount Pictures UK

Franchise regulars Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames are confirmed to return, but there's been no word on a comeback for Jeremy Renner's William Brandt, who has been conspicuously absent since 2015's Rogue Nation.

Likewise, Angela Bassett will not be returning to her role as CIA director Erika Sloane, with the American Horror Story star explaining that she could not be in the film as a consequence of the pandemic.

"I can't tease anything about Mission: Impossible 7 except that well, [COVID-19] took me out. Or kept me out," she told Collider. "That's all I know about that."

She added: "Maybe I'll be able to tease [Mission: Impossible] 8 when that comes out," suggesting that her role in the franchise may not be completely finished just yet.

However, there are other returnees in the form of arms dealer Alanna Mitsopolis aka The White Widow, played by Vanessa Kirby, and her brother Zola (Frederick Schmidt).

Vanessa Kirby in Mission: Impossible 7
Vanessa Kirby in Mission: Impossible 7 YouTube/Paramount Pictures UK

Gaslit star Shea Whigham is also set to star in the movie, confirming his role to be Jasper Briggs in an interview with, a mysterious figure who is tracking Ethan Hunt for reasons unknown.

Director Christopher McQuarrie has also confirmed that Henry Czerny will be returning to the franchise for its swansong, having not been seen since the very first film all the way back in 1996.

He played Hunt's former boss Eugene Kittridge, who spent much of the movie believing Hunt was a mole, before it was proven to be Jim Phelps (Jon Voight).

Also joining the cast is comedian Rob Delaney, Game of Thrones star Indira Varma, Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss, Stranger Things alum Cary Elwes and actor Charles Parnell, who recently collaborated with Cruise on Top Gun: Maverick.

What will happen in Mission: Impossible 7?

Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 7
Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 7 YouTube/Paramount Pictures UK

Details about the plot are scarce but one thing we can expect is extreme stunts from Tom Cruise, who is presumably looking to top his HALO jump and helicopter manoeuvres from Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

One stunt in M:I 7 will see Cruise ride a motorcycle off the edge of the cliff, which he told Empire is the single most dangerous thing he's ever done – and that's saying something!

“If the wind was too strong, it would blow me off the ramp,” he explained. “The helicopter [filming the stunt] was a problem, because I didn’t want to be hammering down that ramp at top speed and get hit by a stone.

"Or if I departed in a weird way, we didn’t know what was going to happen with the bike. I had about six seconds once I departed the ramp to pull the chute and I don’t want to get tangled in the bike. If I do, that’s not going to end well.”

As Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 are filming back-to-back, it seems likely that the seventh entry could have a cliffhanger ending in a similar vein to Avengers: Infinity War (which led into 2019's Endgame).

Cruise's co-star Shea Whigham teased that his character, Jasper Briggs, does indeed have a story arc spread across the two films, which sounds like it could have some surprises in store.

"You’ll see, over the course of seven and eight, why I'm trying to track Ethan Hunt," he told "It's one of the best things I've ever got a chance to be a part of."

Besides those jaw-dropping stunts, after surviving the last film, it's entirely possible that recurring villain Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) may return as an antagonist.

Mission: Impossible 7 trailer

A trailer for Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One was released on Monday 23rd May 2022.

The footage shows off more explosive stunts and reveals our first look at some of the new characters, including the mysterious Grace (Hayley Atwell) and Esai Morales' villain.

It seems we are in for another globe-trotting adventure too with scenes set in deserts along with a trip to Venice, Italy.

Catch the clip above.

There is also a behind-the-scenes featurette which shows off the stuntwork that Cruise and company completed in Norway for Dead Reckoning.

Find the footage below.

Will there be a Mission: Impossible 8?

Mission: Impossible 8 has been confirmed and production is currently getting underway.

Tom Cruise is down to star once again but little else is known about the eighth instalment of the franchise.

Naturally, it will be titled Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two.

Mission: Impossible 8 release date

Mission: Impossible 8 currently has a release date of Friday 28th June 2024.

The initial plan was for production to get underway on Mission: Impossible 8 straight after Mission: Impossible 7, with the shoots happening back-to-back.

Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 need to "[swallow] the last three movies whole", director Christopher McQuarrie told Empire. “I pitched the idea of making two movies, and now I have to justify why it’s two movies.”

Things haven't gone entirely to plan though, with The Hollywood Reporter stating in March 2022 that the eighth film had started shooting, despite the fact that the seventh remains unfinished.

Mission: Impossible 7 will be released in the UK in July 2023. In the meantime, if you're looking for more to watch, check out our TV Guide or visit our Film hub for all the latest news.


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