Tom Cruise has returned to the Mission Impossible 6 set after an ankle injury that happened in early August. The film star injured himself while performing a building jumping stunt. Director Christopher McQuarrie explained the injury after it occurred, praising the star's commitment to keeping the scene intact. The stunt was apparently supposed to picture Cruise jumping from rooftop to rooftop until he slammed into the side of the building to create an "interesting" scene. After hitting his final mark he did so at the wrong angle and walked out of the camera before collapsing. The production allowed 6 weeks to 3 months for the star to recover.
According to the UK's Daily Mail, however, Cruise is back on set in Essex England and doing stunts for the production, including work in a truck and in a helicopter cockpit. Cruise's character Ethan Hunt returns in the 6th film of the franchise along with returning co-stars from Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn and Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell. They're joined by Rebecca Ferguson's Ilsa Faust from Mission Impossible 5 and stars Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin. Newcomers to the film include Henry Cavill (Justice League) and Angela Bassett (American Horror Story).
Starting in 1966, the original Mission Impossible series aired on CBS for 7 seasons and 171 episodes. Winning multiple Emmys, the show introduced the same classic elements present in the films, including the famous "This tape, will self-destruct." After an attempted reboot at ABC that failed in just 2 seasons, the series was transformed by writers David Koepp and Robert Towne into the highly successful series of films starring Cruise. Collectively, the 5 film series has grossed over 2 billion dollars to date, and the 6th itineration complete with newcomers like Cavill and Bassett is poised to continue the successful streak of missions for the IMF team and Paramount Pictures.
McQuarrie, who helmed Mission Impossible: 5 's confidence in Cruise is unabated and with good reason. The iconic star has come to embody the Ethan Hunt character for the fans. Cruise's dedication to his work is incredibly commendable. Stunt injuries in Hollywood have been a huge problem lately and resulted in death and major bodily harm for the actors involved. It's important for fans when swept up in the sweeping grandeur of the movies to know that these are very real risks that actors are taking.
Thankfully, however, both Paramount Pictures, McQuarrie, and Cruise himself seem ready to tackle the challenge and return to work after what was a relatively minor injury. Their mission, as they chose to accept it, was to film a fantastic spy thriller and they're succeeding. Mission Impossible 6 is slated for a July 27th, 2018 release.
Source: Daily Mail