Untitled eighth Mission: Impossible film
Directed byChristopher McQuarrie
Written by
Based onMission: Impossible
by Bruce Geller
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyFraser Taggart
Edited byEddie Hamilton
Music byLorne Balfe
Production
companies
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 23, 2025 (2025-05-23)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The untitled eighth Mission: Impossible film[1] is an upcoming American spy action film directed by Christopher McQuarrie from a screenplay he co-wrote with Erik Jendresen. It is the direct sequel to Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023) and the eighth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series.[2] Tom Cruise returns in his eighth appearance as the series' lead character, Ethan Hunt, whom he will have portrayed over a period of 29 years at the time of the film's release. Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby, Esai Morales, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, and Pom Klementieff all reprise their roles from previous films in the series.

In January 2019, Cruise announced that the seventh and eighth Mission: Impossible films would be shot back-to-back with McQuarrie writing and directing both films. Plans for the film later changed in February 2021. Returning and new cast members were announced soon after, and Lorne Balfe, who composed the score for two films, returned to score the film. Filming began in March 2022 in the United Kingdom with other filming locations, including Malta, South Africa and Norway. It was halted in July 2023 due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, and resumed in March 2024.

The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 23, 2025, by Paramount Pictures.

Cast

Additionally, Mark Gatiss and Charles Parnell return as the heads of the NSA and NRO from Dead Reckoning Part One, respectively, while Janet McTeer, Hannah Waddingham, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Katy O'Brian, and Tramell Tillman have been cast in undisclosed roles.[6][7][8][9][10]

Production

Development

On January 14, 2019, Cruise announced that the seventh and eighth Mission: Impossible films would be shot back-to-back with McQuarrie writing and directing both films for July 23, 2021, and August 5, 2022, releases.[11][12] However, in February 2021, Deadline Hollywood revealed that Paramount had decided to no longer move forward with that plan.[13] It was reported that both films would be a "send-off" to the Ethan Hunt character.[14][15]

Casting

In September 2019, Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff joined the cast of the eighth installment.[16][17] In December, Simon Pegg confirmed his return for the film, while Shea Whigham was also cast.[18][19] Nicholas Hoult joined the cast by January 2020, along with Henry Czerny, who will reprise his role as Eugene Kittridge for the first time since the 1996 film.[20][21] Vanessa Kirby also announced she was returning for both films.[22] However, due to scheduling conflicts, Hoult was replaced by Esai Morales for both films.[23] In July 2022, it was reported that Holt McCallany had joined the cast.[24] In August, it was revealed Nick Offerman and Janet McTeer were also added to the cast.[25] In March 2023, McQuarrie announced Hannah Waddingham, Lucy Tulugarjuk and Rolf Saxon's addition to the cast, the latter of whom reprises his role from the first film.[26][27] In March 2024, Katy O'Brian joined the cast in an undisclosed role.[28] In April 2024, Tramell Tillman was cast in an undisclosed role in his first film feature acting role.[10]

Filming

In February 2021, Deadline Hollywood reported that the film would no longer be filmed back-to-back with Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.[29] By November, McQuarrie was in the process of rewriting the film.[30] On March 23, 2022, The Hollywood Reporter reported the beginning of principal photography of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two.[31] Filming took place in the UK at Longcross Studios and the Lake District. Other locations included Malta, South Africa and Norway. In December 2022, it was reported that filming was finished in the UK.[32] The crew then moved to Apulia in Italy to continue filming aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.[33] During the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike, production was thought to have been put on hold according to an interview with McQuarrie in the June 2023 issue of the Empire magazine.[34] However, this was later revealed to have been a misinterpretation of McQuarrie's statement, and continued production was only waiting for the promotion of Part One to complete.[35] Filming was officially suspended in July due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike.[36] Filming resumed in March 2024.[37]

Post-production

Industrial Light & Magic returns from the seventh film to produce the visual effects, along with Clear Angle Studios and Halon Entertainment as the additional vendors for lidar, cyber scanning and previsualization.[38][39][40] In October 2023, Dead Reckoning Part Two was removed as the film's subtitle, with a new subtitle yet to be announced.[1]

Release

The film is scheduled to be released on May 23, 2025.[41] It was previously set for release on August 5, 2022,[42] but was delayed to November 4, 2022,[43] July 7, 2023,[44] June 28, 2024,[45] and then to the current date due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, taking the original release date of Nickelodeon Movies' The SpongeBob Movie: Search for SquarePants.[46]

Future

In June 2023, McQuarrie told Fandango that Dead Reckoning Part One and the untitled eighth film would not necessarily end the series, and they were developing ideas for future installments.[47] In July 2023, during promotion for Part One, Cruise expressed interest in continuing to make further films in the series as Ethan Hunt, despite both films having initially been billed as a send-off to the character.[48]

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