After filming the final two instalments of the critically acclaimed, long-running action series Mission Impossible, there have been recent rumours that Tom Cruise might be saying goodbye to the Mission Impossible franchise for good. Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part 1 and Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part 2, the two most recent Mission: Impossible films, are being produced as companion pieces over 2 separate entries. It’s been widely reported that Tom Cruise and his well-known pop culture character, Ethan Hunt, will bid his final goodbyes to the franchise after these two Mission Impossible movies. Director Christopher McQuarrie, however, has now clarified the rumours.
Is Tom Cruise quitting the Mission Impossible franchise?
“Let me tell you, I’ve worked with Tom Cruise for 15 years and I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve been standing next to the man, witnessed an event, and then read about it in the trades the next day and none of what they describe is actually true,” director Christopher McQuarrie said on the Hollywood news podcast “Light the Fuse.” The following day, I called Tom and stated, “There’s something strange about this article.” It’s 100% factually incorrect.’ When you read articles in the trades, just put the imaginary word in front of the headline.”
Christopher McQuarrie uses an illustration to refute rumours
Christopher McQuarrie clarified, “We were in Birmingham shooting a scene between Tom and Haley [Atwell]. The next day I read an article in the paper that said Tom and four other guests went out to dinner at an Indian restaurant. I read that Tom insisted on sitting at a table not in a private room but in the main restaurant with the other diners and that Tom ordered three orders of chicken masala because he liked it so much.”
Tom Cruise is joined by a number of other actors in Mission Impossible 7, including Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell, Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby, Shea Whigham, Henry Czerny, Indira Varma, Pom Klementieff, Mark Gatiss, Esai Morales, Rob Delaney, Cary Elwes, Charles Parnell, Greg Tarzan Davis, and Frederick Schmidt.