Tom Cruise's injury on the set of Mission: Impossible 6 is worse than expected and could delay production by a few months. Cruise has made a name for himself in Hollywood as one of the biggest action stars of all-time, thanks in no small part to his willingness/insistence on performing his own stunts. That ability has worked in the favor of the Mission: Impossible franchise for more than twenty years now, sparking remarkable stunts performed by Cruise in every installment.
However, Cruise's ambition got the best of him on the set of the latest Mission: Impossible installment. A Mission: Impossible 6 set video shows Cruise attempting to leap from one rooftop to another, but his jump wasn't long enough and resulted in the star smashing into the side of the building. He was able to climb his way to safety, but was in obvious pain.
The uncertain severity of Cruise's injury forced Mission: Impossible 6 to stop filming and it is not expected to start back up, right off the bat. Variety is reporting that due to the injuries Cruise sustained - reportedly, a broken ankle in two places and hurting his hip - Paramount is set to halt production entirely until their star recovers. Unfortunately, Cruise could be out up to three months total. However, there is hope that the Mission: Impossible 6 production halt won't last for the entire time that Cruise is healing, with Paramount aiming to assemble a new production and post-production schedule that allows them to continue until Cruise is healthy - and then revisit his scenes thereafter.
Should production be delayed for any significant amount of time, it could cause further problems for the film and its cast. Unless Paramount is able to implement a new plan, there is a chance that this movie will not be able to hit its July 2018 release date. Any delays to production could force Paramount to bump their summer blockbuster franchise back a few weeks, closer to the end of the summer season.
Moreover, the delay could also make the ensemble cast's schedules more challenging. Cruise is gearing up to film projects like Top Gun 2 (for Paramount) and will soon be promoting his next film, American Made. Henry Cavill's already-difficult schedule could be even more problematic. Maybe the delay will allow him to shave his famed mustache and do all of his scenes for Justice League's reshoots, but the latter may have already scheduled the rest of its reshoots around Cavill's current schedule - which might change, given the delay.
Either way, Cruise is the star of the Mission: Impossible franchise and it is difficult to see how Paramount could continue production for months without him. As further details come out about production delays and Cruise's injuries, the ripple effects it has on Mission: Impossible 6 and its cast will be something to keep an eye on.