Los Angeles: Hollywood star Tom Cruise will be returning as Ethan Hunt in the seventh installment of the 'Mission Impossible' franchise called 'Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One'. Paramount Pictures revealed the tentpole's official title during its Thursday presentation at CinemaCon, the annual trade show for theatre owners. Cruise, who is usually a regular presence at the convention in Las Vegas, wasn't in attendance, reports 'Variety'.
Though in fairness, he attended last year's CinemaCon to talk up the death-defying stunts in 'Mission: Impossible 7' before the movie's release date was pushed back by a year due to Covid.
At that time, he was most excited about driving a motorcycle off a cliff in Norway, an antic he called "far and away the most dangerous thing I've attempted."
Audiences got a sneak preview of that anxiety-inducing moment - and more - in the high-stakes trailer, which hasn't been made available to the public.
His stunts have gotten so outrageous that everyone in the room laughed when Ethan Hunt nose dives off a cliff while on his motorcycle and then free-falls into the abyss.
General audiences will be able to watch the teaser in front of 'Top Gun: Maverick', which hits theatres on May 27.
Though plot details for 'MI7' are mostly ambiguous, Hunt and his team of operatives are again faced with an existential threat.
The trailer was stuffed with action-packed footage, including vintage-looking trains flying off tracks, deadly emerald-coloured clouds of biochemical weapons, and plenty of brutal street combat.
"You're fighting to save an ideal that doesn't exist... never did," Henry Czerny's character Eugene Kittridge, the former director of the IMF, tells Hunt. "You need to pick a side." Since he was not at Caesars Palace, Cruise sent along a pre-recorded video that was basically unintelligible because the actor was hanging from an airplane. "Please enjoy," he told the audience. "And hey! Let's try to have a great summer."
Cruise loomed large over Paramount's three-hour presentation; the studio devoted nearly the entire time to screening his other high-profile blockbuster, 'Top Gun: Maverick', a sequel to the 1986 action adventure.