Tom Cruise to Star in ‘Mission: Impossible 5′; Christopher McQuarrie May Direct

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:14 pm,

Mission Impossible 5 starring Tome Cruise Tom Cruise to Star in Mission: Impossible 5; Christopher McQuarrie May Direct

There was never a doubt that Mission: Impossible 5 was going to become a reality in the near future, especially after Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol delivered one of the better caper films in recent years.

Now the movie has gotten perhaps the biggest piece of the puzzle in place, with Tom Cruise once again returning to star. Neither a writer or director has yet to be announced, but the buzz is that Cruise may once again team-up with Jack Reacher director, Christopher McQuarrie – assuming he has the time.

The confirmation of Cruise reprising his role as Ethan Hunt comes courtesy of Deadline, and all things considered, it’s less than shocking. When MI4 became the most profitable film in the franchise, Paramount wasted no time in confirming that yet another sequel was on the way. What Cruise’s return means for the rest of the cast is still up in for discussion.

Mission Impossible 5 Cruise Returning Tom Cruise to Star in Mission: Impossible 5; Christopher McQuarrie May Direct

Namely – where does this leave Jermey Renner? Renner was once thought to be the successor to Cruise’s Hunt, but it seems the box office draw of Cruise may have put those plans in jeopardy. Regardless of his age, Cruise continues to prove that his name and face can draw large audiences, and he’s on record as stating that he’ll keep starring in Mission: Impossible movies as long as fans demand it.

For a while there, the sky seemed to be the limit for Renner, who was poised to not only take over the Bourne series from Matt Damon, but the Mission: Impossible series from Cruise; and that’s on top of his being cast as Hawkeye in Marvel’s The Avengers. It’s become common knowledge that Renner’s turn as that film’s resident archer wasn’t the role that he signed up for, and with Cruise now seemingly retaining his position as the face of the M:I franchise, it’s clear that even the most sought after actors must take the good with the bad.

With a leading man now in place – whether Simon Pegg, Paula Patton and Renner return or not – the question turns to the possible writer and director. Rumors of Christopher McQuarrie being eyed for the job have been making the rounds for months, and the gossip only seems to be gaining steam. But with McQuarrie’s calendar filling up after the success of Jack Reacher, one wonders if he’ll have the time.

With the director of Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird, already well into planning both 1906 and Tomorrowland, McQuarrie has edged out the rest of the prospective directors being considered by Paramount. Yet as The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting, McQuarrie has just been signed to write and direct Ice Station Zebra, a remake of the 1968 submarine thriller for Warner Bros.

Neither Ice Station Zebra or Mission: Impossible 5 has a shooting schedule or estimated release, so McQuarrie could theoretically handle both tasks. Considering how unlikely it was for the M:I series to return to the top of the blockbuster heap, don’t expect Paramount to rush into production without a solid team in place. We’ll keep you updated as Cruise’s signing hopefully means the studio will be releasing further details soon.

Do you think McQuarrie is the right person for the job? More importantly, would you like to see Cruise remain as the series lead, or would you prefer to see more of the team dynamic that Ghost Protocol emphasized so strongly? Leave your thoughts in the comments.


Mission: Impossible is expected to release sometime in 2015.

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Source: Deadline, THR

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  1. really dont care to much about the director, they change it every film and while it leaves the films all having different tones, im used to it by now. but i do hope they bring back at least some of the same cast. that is one thing i dont like about the films is the constant changing of the cast. bring back ving rhames in a bigger role.

    and bring back Thandie Newton! especially since him and michele Monahans characters are separated.

  2. The Mission Impossible movies were not that great, but watchable (I like the old original theme music, tho–who doesn’t?). I will give this a casual watch on Netflix when available.

  3. Paula Patton <3

    • +1

  4. Good news

  5. The ‘action’ is fine… but they need to get back to the wonderful suspense feeling from the first film.

    • Simon Pegg, too.

  6. Jeremy Renner was the best thing of MI4. I really hope he comes back.

    • Simon Pegg, too.

  7. Renner was the reason I saw mi4 so hopefully he plays a large role on the 5. Cruise was good in it but I was excited to see renner take over.

    • That was the reason I thought they brought in Renner too, so that down the line he could become the new face of the franchise. I thought it was quite a clever thing to do. The thing is though he is not that young I don’t think and I can’t see cruise going anywhere soon.

    • Renner was also the reason I went to watch it. As long as they bring back Renner, and keep that team dynamic, than I’ll be interested in the fifth one.

  8. how do you top the Burj Khalifa climbing scene? cant wait to see how this film turns out

  9. After seeing #4 i was hoping this would be the case. Great news.

  10. McQuarrie did pretty great with Jack Reacher, I hope he gets the MI5 gig!

  11. Renner was the reason I saw mi4 so hopefully he plays a large role on the 5. Cruise was good in it but I was excited to see renner take over.

  12. After climbing the highest tower in the world where is next?

    MI:5 Space Station Zebra?

    Ethan faces his toughest mission yet, trapped on a Russian space station with depleting oxygen and a massive headache, should he parachute back to earth or travel deeper into the sola system in search of the one true answer to mans biggest foe, the cure for the hangover!

    • Damn, that was freaking hilarious!

  13. Sam Mendes.

  14. Thought the 4th one sucked, so would like to see them ending the series on a higher note (if this is indeed the last).

  15. Let me guess: the team will be betrayed, subsequently disavowed and they have to save the world on their own, while being hunted by enemies and IMF alike. Wouldn’t that be a nice change of pace? 😀

  16. Loved MI3 and MI:GP. Really got a “spy team” feeling there, as opposed to the first two.

  17. 5 words.
    The Way Of The Gun.
    Christopher McQuarrie is a brilliant choice.

  18. I think the fifth Mission Impossible should show Ethan Hunt breaking into Scientology’s Gold Base prison and breaking out all the executives in the RPF. (Google it) Hail Xenu.

    • Get off his back. If we can accept all these actors believing in an omnipotent man in the sky who is his own son, then we can accept actors who believe in whatever crap Scientology is about. It has nothing to do with their work either way.

  19. He can believe in whatever he wants to believe, but when he financially & publicly supports a group that violates human rights, lies, defrauds and uses people under the guise of “religion” I have an issue with it. I would say the same for any religion that behaves that way, no matter what fairy tale they believe in. Google Narconon.

  20. They need to continue the team work aspect from MI4 and get the rest of the cast back (Pegg, Patton, Renner) . Plus bring the Luther Stickell and Julia Meade back as main characters. Multiple recognisable faces will sell even more tickets. That’s why I feel number 4 did so well at the box office as it felt far more like a sequel to number 3 than just another mission impossible film. The series expanded and felt a bit deeper, the touch with the wife at the end was nice too.

  21. Better bring back Pegg and Rhames before they worry about the other actors

  22. While I think Renner is given far more attention and credit than he’s earned, it was smart bringing him on board this franchise. Cruise needed the competition to show he’s still leading man material meanwhile Renner got to strengthen his resume with a strong supporting role. Of course, Paula Patton handled herself just as well with half as much material. If nothing else, I could see a plot where Cruise & Renner lead two smaller teams and work towards the same goal.

  23. I was hoping Brad Bird will do 5, but McQuarrie is still great. Liked Jack Reacher very much.