Is Tom Cruise leaving Mission Impossible franchise? Director addresses rumors

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Mission Impossible is one of the most popular Hollywood franchises that has won the hearts of audiences for more than a decade. Moreover, Tom Cruise has been an inevitable part of the movies since the beginning. However, recently there were rumors about the actor leaving the franchise that has left the fans shocked. In the midst of all this, Mission Impossible director Christopher McQuarrie addressed the rumors during one of his interviews with Light the Fuse podcast.

The earlier rumors

In previous reports from different publications, it was revealed that Tom Cruise was planning to exit from the franchise after the two upcoming sequels in 2023 and 2024. The publications also reported that the two sequels would act as a sendoff for Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt.

McQuarrie’s statement

Talking about Mission Impossible director McQuarrie, he neither denied the rumors of Tom Cruise leaving the franchise nor did he confirm them. He reportedly said, “Let me tell you, I’ve been working with Tom Cruise for 15 years and I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve been standing next to the man, witnessed an event and then read about it in the trades the next day and none of what they describe is actually true.”

He further said, “We were in Birmingham shooting a scene between Tom and Haley [Atwell]. The next day I read an article in the paper that said Tom and four other guests went out to dinner at an Indian restaurant. I read that Tom insisted on sitting at a table not in a private room but in the main restaurant with the other diners and that Tom ordered three orders of chicken masala because he liked it so much. I called Tom the next day and said, ‘There’s something weird about this article. It’s 100 percent factually correct!’’’

He concluded, “That’s the first time I’ve read an article in which everything happened exactly as written.”

Mission Impossible 7

Amidst all the reports and rumors, fans are excited about the upcoming part of the franchise, which is Mission Impossible 7. Tom Cruise earlier made an appearance at CinemaCon, where he unveiled the first trailer and the official title of Mission: Impossible 7.

It also included the first look at footage from the latest installment of the popular series. The film is all set to reintroduce Tom Cruise as the IMF agent Ethan Hunt who has further evaluated his stunt skills to greater heights in the ever-expanding universe of the franchise.

According to Screenrant, Tom Cruise appeared in a video message during Paramount’s CinemaCon presentation. He then addressed the audience consisting of exhibitors and journalists and unveiled his movie’s new title, Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning – Part 1. He also presented the first teaser of the actioner along with the same. Apart from that, several VIP guests like Barry Hertz and Erik Davis expressed their views on the heavy-action stunt movie.