Tom Cruise is looking dapper in a new shot from Mission: Impossible 6. The Mission: Impossible movie franchise began in 1996, back when it was a relative novelty to see Tom Cruise headlining an action movie. The original mission statement for the series was that each new installment would be helmed by a director with a unique style, and an impressive line-up of directors has since passed through the series over the years, from Brian De Palma to John Woo and Brad Bird. The forthcoming sixth movie will break with tradition, however, as Rogue Nation helmer Christopher McQuarrie returns for a second time.

The series has become an audience favorite thanks to their all-stars casts, twisty plotting and Tom Cruise’s willingness to put his life on the line for some genuinely life-threatening stunts, which have become a franchise trademark. This includes riding a motorbike through flames and climbing the world’s tallest building; he seemingly topped himself with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’s opening, where he’s seen attached to the side of a plane as it takes off.

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The sixth movie is currently shooting, and director McQuarrie has shared a new still from the movie on his Instagram account (see the photo below). The moody black and white shot features a sharply dressed Ethan Hunt alongside co-star Simon Pegg as Benji. Additional returnees for the latest sequel include Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan and Rebecca Ferguson, alongside franchise newcomers Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett.

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The plot for the forthcoming Mission: Impossible 6 still hasn’t been revealed (the above photo is little help in that regard), though McQuarrie has said the story will be more emotional and explore Hunt’s backstory. The director also teased his star would be involved in some major action sequences, though filming on the movie was halted when Cruise injured his leg during a stunt, which required a couple of months to heal. Despite this, the film will still make its scheduled July 2018 release date.

Mission: Impossible 6 has also become famous due to its unexpected effect on another recent blockbuster. Co-star Henry Cavill’s character in the movie sports a manly mustache, but when he was called back for reshoots on Justice League Paramount refused to let him shave it off. This led to Warner Bros. attempting to erase the offending facial hair off of Superman with CGI instead, but critics and audiences have found the unconvincing effect distracting during Cavill’s scenes.

MORE: Henry Cavill Explains How His Mustache Was Removed

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