Tom Cruise clings to plane in behind-the-scenes image

In honour of Tom Cruise60th birthday, director Christopher McQuarrie posted a behind-the-scenes image of the star hanging upside down from a WWII plane in flight. The stunt sequence will likely be seen in either Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1or its immediate sequel, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2which will be released in 2023 and 2024 respectively.

McQuarrie wished Cruise a happy birthday in his tweet, as he teased what could be one of the last times Cruise can perform crazy stunts as Agent Ethan Hunt. The actor has been playing the character for over a quarter of a century now and will be 62 when the eighth film is released. Cruise has developed a reputation as a daredevil performer of his own stunts, which has increased in intensity with each new project he does.

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McQuarrie’s new photo shows Cruise harnessed to a vintage plane, clearly flying at a significant altitude above what appears to be countryside. A small camera can be seen attached to the rear wing, and closer examination reveals a pilot sitting in the rear cockpit. It was reported by The Sun last year that Cruise had learned to fly a Boeing-Stearman biplane for a major streak in the then untitled Mission: Impossible 8. The report also cites witnesses describing the footage filmed over Cambridgeshire in the UK. The cruiser was hitched to the wing, sitting upside down as the aircraft performed a belly roll. The pilot then sent the plane nose down and spinning, as Cruise returned to the cockpit.

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There’s nothing audiences currently seem to enjoy more than the sight of Cruise inside an airplane, preferably engaged in a high-stakes dogfight sequence. And the bar has certainly been raised (by Cruise himself) after the resounding success of Top Gun: Maverick.

Shooting the eighth Impossible mission The film began immediately after the seventh film ended in September. The Hollywood Reporter ran a detailed story earlier this year about how Cruise and McQuarrie put together a sequel production, braving the pandemic, a budget that had ballooned to nearly $300 million for the seventh film, and various other setbacks. But that was all before Cruise proved (once again) that he’s a huge box office draw when it comes to large-scale franchise movies.


A first trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 has already teased the action sets for this movie, the most prominent of which appears to be a chase scene aboard a vintage train, and Cruise on a motorcycle off a cliff. M:th 7 Features Ving Rhames, Simon Peggand Rebecca Ferguson as returning players, while Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whighamand Cary Elwes will play new characters, and Esai Morales will appear as the film’s main antagonist.

Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 were originally scheduled to air on September 30, 2022 and July 7, 2023, respectively. The films have now been pushed back to July 14, 2023 and June 28, 2024. You can get a better look at McQuarrie’s photo here: