Formerly scheduled for release on Christmas (25th Dec) this year, Paramount Pictures announced that “Mission: Impossible 5” will arrive 5 months earlier than planned. It is set to be released on 31st July 2015 instead.
Directed by “Jack Reacher” director Christopher McQuarrie, the American action spy film is written by Drew Pearce and Will Staples. Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise will return to reprise his role as IMF Agent Ethan Hunt. He co-produced the film alongside “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams and David Ellison of Skydance Productions.
As the film shares the same genre as “Spectre“, Paramount Pictures made a smart move by moving up the release date for the latest installment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise to avoid the competition with the James Bond film. It is also to avoid competition with Abrams’ “Star Wars” film, which is slated for release on 17th Dec 2015.
Although the movie has already entered production since last year, no plot details about “Mission: Impossible 5” were revealed to the public yet.
Jeremy Renner (of Marvel’s”The Avengers” fame), Ving Rhames (of “Pulp Fiction” fame), and Simon Pegg (of “Star Trek” fame) are set to reprise their respective roles in the film. Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) and Rebecca Ferguson (“Hercules”) have also officially joined the cast of the film alongside “The Theory of Everything” star Simon McBurney, who is said to be portraying the boss of Ferguson’s character.
Deadline reported that Sean Harris is eyed for a villainous role in the film while Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu has joined the film’s cast for a secret role that may serve as a major plot twist.
“Mission: Impossible 5” will now open against Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama “Southpaw”, the Ericson Core-helmed big screen remake of “Point Break”, and Tarsem Singh’s science fiction thriller “Selfless”. Originally slated for release on 29th May 2015, Paramount Animation’s “Monster Trucks” will take MI5’s previous release date.