The Mission: Impossible movie franchise is more than twenty years old now and going stronger than ever (both critically and commercially); with Mission: Impossible 6 gearing up to start filming in the next months, in order to make the movie’s Summer 2018 release date. Tom Cruise is similarly returning for his sixth go-round as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, with the franchise newcomers in this installment including the Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill, as well as possibly The Crown‘s Vanessa Kirby. There will be a number of familiar faces back for the sixth Mission: Impossible too, both of the expected and (apparently) not-so-expected variety.
Mission: Impossible 6 writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, who is returning to the movie series after helming 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, previously confirmed Rebecca Ferguson as a cast member in the film, reprising her role as Ilsa Faust from Rogue Nation. Ferguson has further confirmed the news herself, while also teasing her stunt work preparation for the film and revealing some of the shooting locations for Ethan and his allies’ next globe-trotting (impossible) mission.
It was previously reported that the Mission: Impossible 6 production was looking at Paris, as one of the main filming locations for the upcoming shoot. Ferguson confirmed that the French capital will be featured in the next Mission: Impossible, during an interview with Cinema Blend in which she discussed her stunt work preparation for both the project and her return to the role of the deadly Miss Faust:
I miss her. I think she is such an incredible, strong, independent, vulnerable human being, and I miss the stunt… I’m doing stunt work right now, so I’m not missing it. I’m on break for a minute. But it’s lovely going into it not knowing what the big sequences are going to be. Because they don’t really present it all at once, and then you train for it. You train in martial arts, and you learn the technique, and then you break it up, and from that comes movement. I’m going to New Zealand and Paris!
New Zealand has become a popular filming location for Hollywood tentpoles in recent years, with Disney having filmed both last year’s Pete’s Dragon and next year’s A Wrinkle in Time there (to cite but two examples). While it makes sense for Mission: Impossible 6 to be filming in New Zealand for related purposes, the confirmation of Paris as another key production location is especially intriguing. France’s capital city is full of scenic locales and buildings that could make for a lovely backdrop to whatever death-defying trouble Ethan, Ilsa and their IMF collaborators find themselves in during their upcoming adventure.
Mission: Impossible 6 producer David Ellison has been hyping one such action sequence in the movie, revealing that Cruise spent a year training ahead of time, simply to be able to perform said stunt. Ferguson made for a nice addition to the core Mission: Impossible ensemble in Rogue Nation, in addition to having good chemistry opposite Cruise during their stunts and action scenes together. Thus, whatever larger-than-life practical stunts Cruise and his collaborators have in mind this time around, they only stand to benefit from Ferguson returning to the fold.
Source: Cinema Blend