Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie said he “may have found something” to top the opening sequence of Rogue Nation. This seems to be it.

“None of this has ever been attempted before,” he prefaces in a new behind-the-scenes video for Tom Cruise’s latest death-defying stunt.

In the clip above, Cruise’s pilots a helicopter all on his own for an aerial chase scene. With Henry Cavill’s mustachioed character firing bullets in pursuit of Ethan Hunt, Cruise is left to man both the chopper and the camera and execute a 360-degree downward spiral. Specially rigged cameras show it’s really Cruise doing the legwork.

To put the amount of preparation required for this into perspective, producer Jack Myers says, “It takes someone like three months of eight-hour days just to become a novice helicopter pilot. Tom needed to work ’round the clock to reach the level of skill the sequence needs.”

“I’ve always wanted to do a sequence like this,” Cruise tweeted with video of the stunt in action on Wednesday.

Fallout will track the wake of a mission gone wrong as Ethan and his IMF team are left to deal with the consequences. Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan, and Sean Harris are also back in action, joining new faces to the franchise, including Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby.

Cruise, who broke his ankle on the set, had said days before the first trailer’s release that filming was still underway. “We have a release date, so we have to keep going,” he remarked.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout will hit theaters on July 27. Watch the new stunt above.

Mission: Impossible
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