Tom Cruise sure knows how to make an entrance.
The Hollywood veteran and all-around adrenaline junkie may be a Twitter newbie, but Cruise is fast learning the ropes. How do we know? Well, the venerable actor has shared our first peek at M:I 6, which is now going by the official title, Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Much like Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation before it, Paramount’s blockbuster sequel has ditched the number – even if M:I 6 had a nice ring to it – in favor of a subtitle that will undoubtedly draw comparisons to nuclear warfare. As a matter of fact, as director Christopher McQuarrie tells Empire Magazine, the decision to choose Fallout was no accident, given its polysemic nature.
The title has multiple meanings in the film, from the literal to the figurative. There is the threat of nuclear terrorism hanging over the movie, which is the literal threat. There’s the notion that what’s happened in the movie is the end result of choices that Ethan Hunt has made in his life. It’s Ethan’s past come back to haunt him. It’s the fallout of all his good intentions.
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Looks like Ethan Hunt will be pestered by the sins of the past, then, which certainly goes some way to explaining the return of Michelle Monaghan. M:I – Fallout has also been described as a “different kind of movie,” while Cruise himself has promised to up the ante – and that’s even after he broke his ankle in the midst of production.
In closing, here’s what McQuarrie had to say about this morning’s title reveal:
The one thing that came out of it was I thought it should be a one-word title. This is a different kind of movie, it should be expressing a different attitude. It should be striking its own ground, and that’s what I felt Fallout did.
Flanked by his trusty IMF team – namely Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and not Jeremy Renner (Infinity War) – along with a slew of old allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan), Fallout will ship our agent off on another globe-trotting adventure, one that will presumably have him encounter the likes of Henry Cavill (Justice League), Angela Bassett (Black Panther), and Vanessa Kirby.
The sixth installment in Paramount’s blockbuster series, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, has its crosshairs trained on July 27th. It won’t be too long before we catch a glimpse of Ethan Hunt in action, though, as Tom Cruise and his leading co-stars are set to appear on tomorrow night’s episode of The Graham Norton Show. Perhaps they’ll showcase the first trailer? We will, as always, keep you posted as this story develops.