Mission: Impossible 6 now has a proper title in the form of Mission: Impossible - Fallout, along with an official synopsis and a first look image that shows Tom Cruise performing (what else) a life-threatening aerial stunt. Leaked photos from the movie's set have shown Cruise performing the expected variety of life-threatening acts, including a building-hopping maneuver that resulted in the actor injuring his leg and production on the film being temporarily halted. However, this is the first actual still from Fallout that shows Cruise performing a move that could perhaps best be summarized as, well, "helicopter surfing".
That stunt is as dangerous looking as it sounds, but it's par for the course for Cruise at this stage in his career. Fallout is being written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who previously had Cruise hang on the outside of an airplane in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (which he also wrote and directed), so it's only natural that the pair would try and find a way to top themselves with their latest collaboration. Perhaps more excitingly, Fallout will formally unveil the glorious Henry Cavill mustache that caused so much trouble for the Justice League reshoots last year.
Both Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures have confirmed that the official title for the sixth Mission: Impossible film is Fallout, while also revealing the plot summary and first look image for the movie. You can read the synopsis below, followed by the first screenshot and a photo of the movie's logo that Cruise posted to his verified Instagram account:
The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.
The Fallout synopsis doesn't offer much insight into the actual plot of the film, beyond confirming that it will revolve around the familiar situation of Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his fellow IMF agents having to go on the run after one of their missions fails to go according to plan. (Do they ever?) Of course, the actual plots of the Mission: Impossible movies tend to be formulaic, allowing the varying directorial approaches and set pieces that place Cruise in mortal danger to be the things that really distinguish one installment from another.
Fallout boasts quite the impressive cast between the returning players from Rogue Nation and series newcomers like Cavill, Angela Bassett, and The Crown's Vanessa Kirby. McQuarrie is also the first director to try their hand at making more than one Mission: Impossible film, so it remains to be seen if he has too many new ideas to bring to the table here, following his efforts on the fifth installment in the franchise. On the plus side, McQuarrie and Cruise's track record speaks for itself at this point, and the duo have continued to surprise with their collaborations together for the past ten years now (starting with the WWII thriller Valkyrie).
- Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) release date: Jul 27, 2018