Tom Cruise remains steadfast in his preparations to venture boldly into uncharted cinematic territory.
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In collaboration with his “Edge of Tomorrow” director, Doug Liman, Cruise is poised to embark on an extraordinary cinematic journey by filming a motion picture in the cosmos. This ambitious project aims to elevate Cruise to the status of the first civilian to undertake a spacewalk. Universal has thrown its support behind this groundbreaking endeavor, allotting an approximate budget of $200 million.
During the New York premiere of “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” on Monday, Cruise was queried about the status of his space-themed film. He acknowledged that a specific production commencement date had not yet been finalized, remarking, “We’ve been diligently working on it, and we will await the course it takes.”
Of course, Cruise must first complete the filming of “Dead Reckoning Part Two,” which has the potential to serve as the epic conclusion to his iconic “Mission: Impossible” franchise. Christopher McQuarrie, the writer and director overseeing both “Dead Reckoning” installments, revealed that he and Cruise are poised to dive back into production for “Part Two” as soon as the promotional tour for “Part One” concludes.
“We’ll conclude this tour, and during our return journey to the U.K., we’ll make stops along the way for scouting,” McQuarrie shared with Variety. “Once we’re back, we hit the ground running. Personally, I’ve got a mere two days of vacation between now and Tokyo, and then it’s right back to work.”
The latest installment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, hitting theaters this Wednesday, places Cruise’s IMF agent, Ethan Hunt, in a high-stakes showdown with a shadowy antagonist from his past. It also reunites him with his trusted allies: Benji Dunn (played by Simon Pegg), Luther Stickell (portrayed by Ving Rhames), and Ilsa Faust (brought to life by Rebecca Ferguson).
However, the true standout feature of any “Mission: Impossible” film has always been its awe-inspiring stunts, and “Dead Reckoning Part One” is no exception. In one jaw-dropping sequence, Cruise executes a daring motorcycle leap off a colossal cliff, descending safely with a parachute. When asked about that particular morning on set, Cruise nonchalantly remarked that it was just “business as usual.”
“I tend to keep things pretty calm, nothing out of the ordinary. It was just another day for me,” Cruise shared with Variety. “We wake up, and I recall that morning when McQuarrie and I arrived on set. Normally, we discuss the story and characters in a laid-back manner, trying to keep it as casual as possible. We know what’s happening. I remember getting there in the morning, and the ramp was icy. You can see in the EPK [Electronic Press Kit], as I’m leaping out of the helicopter to check the wind down there, they’re clearing the ice off the ramp. You navigate through it smoothly, no deviations.”
Simon Pegg, who has shared the screen with Cruise in five “Mission: Impossible” films to date, lauded the unparalleled action star for carrying the weight of “cinema itself” while filming “Dead Reckoning Part One” during the pandemic.
“I’m highly motivated, ambitious, and deeply committed to my work, but I can’t say I bear the weight of the entire film industry,” Pegg shared with Variety. “During the production of this movie, I felt like Tom, in particular, carried that burden. It seemed as though he was confronting an existential crisis in the midst of the pandemic, and yet, he remained unyielding. I’m not sure I possess the capacity to undertake what he does; I truly don’t. There’s a reason he stands alone in performing these feats. There’s no other actor who accomplishes what he does.”