Both the star (Tom Cruise) and the director (Christopher McQuarrie) of Mission: Impossible 6 have celebrated the end of location filming in New Zealand, as they announced it on social media and sent thank you messages to the people of the country. Cruise also included a brand new on-set image in his post, showing his M:I team has fully assembled.
Filming on the latest entry in the spy-thriller franchise started back in April, and despite reports stating that there would be less globe-trotting, one of the cast had already leaked two of the locations being used for the story. A returning Rebecca Ferguson (Ilsa Faust) had previously confirmed that she would be filming in Paris and New Zealand. Later reports and photos from the set confirmed that Cruise had filmed a car chase in Paris, and possibly several other stunts. After shooting completed in the French capital, the crew moved to New Zealand although no reports or photos hinted what kind of stunts or sequences would be shot there or the location's importance to the story.
Earlier today McQuarrie and Cruise posted entries on their Twitter accounts thanking people in New Zealand for their assistance in filming and confirming the end of principal photography in the country. McQuarrie says; "Kia Ora, New Zealand. Thanks to everyone there who helped us achieve the Impossible". More interestingly he also adds; "Leave a light on, London. We're coming home." This obviously marks the UK capital as the next location for filming.
Thank you to the amazing people of New Zealand! I've had a great time filming the next Mission: Impossible here. pic.twitter.com/GqSmAJpQ7q
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) July 9, 2017
McQuarrie also retweeted Cruise's simple message that also thanked New Zealanders, and had a brand new on-set photo attached. It shows Cruise (as Ethan Hunt) flanked by his core M:I team for the film; Ferguson (Faust), Simon Pegg (Benji Dunn), and Ving Rhames (Luther Stickell). It was already known that Rhames would be returning to the franchise in a larger role, after fairly brief appearances in the previous two films, but this is the first shot of him as part of the whole team. It's good to see all the familiar characters standing together again and looking as if they've definitely got Hunt's back for this one.
Kia Ora, New Zealand. Thanks to everyone there who helped us achieve the Impossible.
— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) July 9, 2017
The cast for Mission: Impossible 6 is full of new and returning faces. Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin are reprising their characters, and new characters played by Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby will also play major parts in the as-yet-unknown plot. Cruise has also teased some of the stunt work required, allegedly training for a year for one spectacular sequence. It's not yet known whether that particular stunt was filmed in New Zealand or has yet to take place. Another rumored location for filming was India, so either that or London could very well be the place that Hunt risks his life again.
While we still have a way to go before the release of Mission: Impossible 6 (and we're fully expecting a subtitle to be announced soon), it is looking to be a very strong entry in the franchise. The attention to past characters and a return to some hanging threads from Hunt's background also point to interesting twists in the story. We'll keep you updated with any further news in the meantime.
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