Director Christopher McQuarrie announced exciting casting coup and confirmed the return of Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Vanessa Kirby and Simon Pegg for his two back-to-back Mission: Impossible films, Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt. the director made it official that Ferguson, Rhames and Kirby will hold their characters of Ilsa Faust, Luther Stickell and Alanna Mitsopolis aka the White Widow, respectively.
A new member will be joining, whose identity is not revealed yet. McQuarrie broadcasted, “There is someone we were talking to before the world blew up. An actor I was very excited about. I don’t know where that is, because we had talked days before (the shutdown) and it was an incredibly exciting casting coup,”
The filmmaker also explained the reason behind making two consecutive films. He disclosed, “We realized we had a movie that was two hours, 40 minutes long. And every scene in it was necessary,” he cracked the idea for the seventh film when he removed two films which were supposed to be of 20-minute segments.
He further added, “When we went into making Fallout, I said to Tom, ‘I really want to make this more of an emotional journey for Hunt,’. Going into this, I said, ‘I want to take what we learned from Fallout and apply it to every character in the movie. I want everyone to have an emotional arc. … I just want the movie to have more feeling across the board.”
Then, he forenamed, “The ending of the first movie snapped into place. We knew what the ending was and we knew what the beginning was. And now I had these two sequences, which means, I’ve got 40 minutes of Mission: Impossible 8 figured out.”