Ethan Hunt is back at it. Christopher McQuarrie, who helmed Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, officially announced the start of production on Mission: Impossible 6.
“Light the fuse,” he wrote on social media in the earlier hours of Saturday morning next to a photo from the set. Cinematographer Rob Hardy (Ex Machina) released a similar image with the clapboard on Instagram. The announcement comes after paparazzi captured shots of Cruise filming a sequence for the sequel in Paris that appeared to involve helicopters.
Rebecca Ferguson, who portrayed Ilsa Faust in Rogue Nation, returns for Mission: Impossible 6, alongside Superman actor Henry Cavill.
“These past few days have been very busy with travel to new destinations for my next job. What seemed like an impossible task was made into less of a mission by my constant companion,” Cavill, gushing over his dog Kal, wrote of his trip to M:I 6 production on Instagram.
McQuarrie appeared on The Empire Podcast earlier this year and teased he “may have found something” to top Rogue Nation‘s opening stunt. “I came to Tom with a picture of something and Tom looked at it and said, ‘That’s awesome! I want to fall off of that!’ It’s like, okay, I can see it on a poster, and I can see Tom falling off of it.”
He added, “I’ve seen five of these movies and I don’t know who Ethan Hunt is. One movie sort of dealt with his personal life, the other movies are about people speculating what’s really going on in Ethan’s head. I want to know who Ethan is in this movie, I want an emotional journey for this character, and Tom really embraced it.”
Mission: Impossible 6 arrives in theaters July 27, 2018.