Mission: Impossible 7 was meant to arrive in cinemas this year, but the highly-anticipated sequel has been hit with yet another delay.
The movie was confirmed in January 2019 and as an added treat for fans, it was revealed we were getting Mission: Impossible 8 as well. Originally, the seventh movie was due to arrive in July 2021 which, obviously, hasn’t happened.
In January 2022, Mission: Impossible 7 was delayed again to July 2023 which we hope will be the final move. At least we know that filming has wrapped and work is already under way on the eighth movie.
As with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the new movie has been written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
So to pass the time for the movie’s delayed cinema release, your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to read up on everything you need to know about Mission: Impossible 7.
Mission Impossible 7 release date: When can we expect Mission Impossible 7?
Assuming there are no other delays, Mission: Impossible 7 will be released in cinemas on July 14, 2023.
The film has moved about a fair bit in the release schedule, going from its original July 23, 2021 date to November 19, 2021 and then to May 27, 2022, before what appeared to be a final delay to September 30, 2022.
However, the latest delay came in January 2022 as it was shifted to July 2023.
“After thoughtful consideration, Paramount Pictures and Skydance have decided to postpone the release dates for Mission: Impossible 7 & 8 in response to delays due to the ongoing pandemic,” the companies said in a joint statement.
We do at least know that Mission: Impossible 7 has wrapped filming as of September 2021, but it wasn’t exactly a straightforward shoot.
Filming was set to start in February 2020 before delays saw it start in September 2020 instead. The shoot saw some controversy over the reported destruction of a 111-year-old bridge, as well as that on-set rant from Tom Cruise.
As ever with a Mission: Impossible movie, the shoot was a global one that visited the likes of Italy, Poland and the UK, which added to the longer shoot as a result of COVID protocols in the various countries.
Understandably, Mission: Impossible 8 has moved every time that the seventh movie has and will now be released on June 28, 2024.
The original plan was to shoot both movies back-to-back, but it was confirmed in February 2021 that the plan had changed. McQuarrie revealed in November 2021 that he was currently rewriting the eighth movie.
Mission Impossible 7 cast: Who’s coming back for Mission Impossible 7?
There won’t be Mission: Impossible without Tom Cruise returning as Ethan Hunt, the IMF agent, and leader of the operatives. He will be joined by Ving Rhames, who will be playing Ethan Hunt’s good friend and co-IMF agent.
Other cast members include Vanessa Kirby as White Widow, Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Angela Bassett as Erika Sloane, and Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, among others.
Hayley Atwell will play Grace, a “somewhat ambiguous” character.
Pom Klementieff and Shea Whigham are also confirmed to join the seventh installment in a yet-to-be-disclosed role, with Rob Delaney, Charles Parnell, Indira Varma, Mark Gatiss, Cary Elwes, Lampros Kalfuntzos, and Greg Tarzan Davis.
Esai Morales will be the film’s primary villain.
Frederick Schmidt will play Zola Mitsopolis, Alanna’s brother.
Henry Czerny will star as Eugene Kittridge, the former director of the IMF. The last time we saw him was in the first Mission: Impossible
Mission Impossible 7 plot: What’s Mission Impossible 7 about?
Right now, we don’t have any official plot details for Mission: Impossible 7, but we do know that it’ll directly connect to the eighth movie.
“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,” McQuarrie explained.
“We know that with the addition of extra characters and the addition of storylines for the team, the movie’s gonna be three hours long. In reality that means with us doing it it will be 3 ½.
“Who are we kidding? Let’s just call it four, cut it in half and make it two movies. Now, the story can just kind of breathe.”
Whether that means the seventh movie will end with a major cliffhanger, a la Avengers: Infinity War, remains to be seen.
One thing we can guarantee though is that Ethan Hunt will be getting himself into crazy situations that involved Cruise carrying out some major stunts. Even for the star, he undertook a seriously dangerous stunt for the new movie.
It sees him ride a motorcycle off a large ramp atop a cliff, launch from the bike and parachute safely to the ground. “If the wind was too strong, it would blow me off the ramp,” Cruise recalled.
“The helicopter [filming the stunt] was a problem, because I didn’t want to be hammering down that ramp at top speed and get hit by a stone… I had about six seconds once I departed the ramp to pull the chute and I don’t want to get tangled in the bike. If I do, that’s not going to end well.”
Fortunately, Cruise survived the shoot without any major injuries unlike that time on Fallout when he broke his ankle.
Mission Impossible 7: Official teaser trailer 2023
Mission: Impossible 7 is released in cinemas on July 14, 2023.