Consider us jumping up and down on the couch with joy! Tom Cruise seems to be getting back into the groove of being a leading man and action star lately. Despite the critical misstep of The Mummy, most of Cruise's recent films have had positive reviews and done well at the box office.
Upcoming films in the Mission Impossible franchise show great promise given the success of Mission Impossible: Fallout and Cruise himself has several other films currently on the slate for the next few years. So, what DO we know about these upcoming films of his? Well, let's take a look at what we know about every single upcoming Tom Cruise movie.
4 Top Gun: Maverick (2020)
Time to turn up "Highway to the Danger Zone," because Maverick is back in the cockpit. The sequel to the beloved 1986 classic Top Gun is already rumored to be bigger than its predecessor. The original start date of July 12th, 2019 has already been pushed back due to "extensive visual effects and fight scenes" (we're sure having to directly compete with films like Spider-Man: Far From Home and The Lion King didn't help). The film has technically been in the works since 2002, and is just now gaining traction in production. Shooting began in mid-August, with scenes shot at San Diego, Lake Tahoe, and more. From what we know of the plot, it deals with the end of the fighter pilot era of aerial combat. Drones are on the rise, and as such flyboys like Maverick aren't necessary anymore.
The film stars Cruise and Val Kilmer returning as Iceman, as well as new actors to the franchise such as Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Ed Harris. We also know that Miles Teller will be playing Goose's son, Bradley Bradshaw. So far none of the major cast has divulged much about their characters, making most theories speculative at best. Still, if the film proves to be even half as fun and exciting as the first one, then Top Gun: Maverick can be our wingman any day.
3 Mission: Impossible 7 (2021)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to see the 7th installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise when it arrives in theatres. The film was announced in January 2019 alongside Mission: Impossible 8. Director Christopher McQuarrie is signed on to return for both films at the moment. The cast list has yet to be confirmed, with the exception of Cruise and now Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust. Simon Pegg has expressed interest in coming back to the franchise, but has not officially been recast as Benji.
We know next to nothing about the plot of the film so far. One can assume that it deals directly with the events of Mission: Impossible - Fallout in some capacity. Given Ferguson's casting confirmation of Ilsa Faust, it's not out of the question that her shadowy MI6 agent will have some bearing on the story. Whatever the plot turns out to be, there's a high bar that's been set when it comes to quality. With Fallout being the largest grossing Mission Impossible movie to date, there will be an expectation to keep topping themselves. We'll see if Cruise rises to the occasion, or if Ethan Hunt finally fails to outrun this problem.
2 Mission: Impossible 8 (2022)
When Mission: Impossible 7 was announced, it came with the double whammy that the next film would be coming out the very next year. Cruise will be returning as Hunt, and McQuarrie is signed on to direct. Beyond that, none of the cast has been announced, making this one even more of a mystery than its predecessor. Given that Cruise is currently filming Top Gun: Maverick, information on these films will be given primarily through casting notices for a good while.
Obviously, there's very little to speculate on when it comes to the plot. However, there are definitely a few things that one could take a guess at. Given that 7 and 8 were announced at the same time and come out within a year of one another, it would make sense that the two films are linked. 7 might serve as a setup, while 8 deals with the actions taken in the prior film. This would make for one long production schedule, which seems to fit Cruise's current film commitments. Still, given the earliness of both films being announced, it's too early to try and work out what the story might be for both. Anything more would truly be a Mission: Impossible. As such, this article will self destruct in 5...4...3...
Just kidding. There's one more film to look at.
1 Luna Park (No Date Announced)
So far the only original project that Cruise is signed up to star in, Luna Park has had a troubled production history. The film was originally slated to be made back in 2011 starring Chris Evans and Andrew Garfield. However, the production budget proved to be too high for production company Skydance Pictures, who backed out of the project. Since then, it has sat in production limbo, with rumors of stars being attached to it floating around for a few years In 2015, it was announced that Luna Park would be an upcoming Tom Cruise movie. Cruise was signed on to star in the film, and would serve as a producer for the film.
The basic logline states that a group of renegade space workers venture to the moon to steal an energy source. Beyond that, details of the plot are scarce. However, the idea of an Ocean's Eleven in space is definitely a fun concept. If it's played less as an action movie and more as a comedy, it could be a fun and fairly unique take on the heist genre of films. It would also bring out some of Cruise's comedic chops, which we haven't seen much of since Tropic Thunder. This film is definitely one to keep your eyes on, as it has the potential to be a unique project for Tom Cruise's career.