As Hollywood struggles to make sense of how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting productions and release; we have one more story to add to the fray. Mission: Impossible 7 has replaced Nicholas Hoult as the villain. Esai Morales will instead take over the role, also presumably returning Mission: Impossible; given that the films are being shot back to back.
The film was about to start shooting in Italy right before the pandemic hit. As is, this delay in starting the shoot put Hoult at odds with his other film commitments. And as a result, there was no other choice but to replace Hoult. While the exact nature of Holt's role remains unknown, he was to appear in a villain capacity.
Tom Cruise will return for his seventh turn as Ethan Hunt. The Mission: Impossible films seem to be getting better with each new entry. The sixth instalment, Fallout, put an increased emphasis on Hunt's emotional arc whilst not skimping on action. This is such an interesting direction for them to take the franchise in.
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What's Next For Ethan Hunt?
Christopher McQuarrie, who has been with the franchise since 2015's Rogue Nation, is directing the seventh and the eighth instalments. McQuarrie said in an interview, that he wants to give everyone an emotional arc that resonates with the audiences.
The film was recently delayed to November 2021, skipping its intended July release. It is now scheduled to release on November 19, 2021, with Mission: Impossible 8 following a year later on November 4, 2022.
The film brings back a healthy dose of both old and new castmembers. Cruise returns along with Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby. New additions to the cast include the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff. Shea Whigham is also set to appear.
There is no word on when the film will resume its shoot.