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Tom Cruise agrees to do ‘Mission: Impossible 5′

- May 6th, 2013

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Tom Cruise’s dance card is filling up pretty quickly. The actor has the visually stunning Oblivion in theatres now, next year’s All You Need is Kill is in the can, and he has been tapped to star alongside Armie Hammer in the Guy Ritchie-directed The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Now comes word via Deadline that Cruise has agreed to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 5.

Cruise’s last outing as the IMF agent in 2011′s Ghost Protocol was not only the series’ most successful, it was the actor’s highest-grossing movie ever.

No writer/director is attached, but the film will be produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. Abrams helped reinvent the franchise by directing part III and helping land Brad Bird for the fourth instalment, which featured Cruise doing some death-defying stunts in Dubai.

But with Star Wars: Episode VII due to start shooting early next year, it’s unlikely that Abrams would have much creative involvement in the new film.

Also on Cruise’s plate (if you’re a fan, and I am) is a sequel to Jack Reacher. While that film, which is based on Lee Child’s long-running crime series, wasn’t a huge hit in North America, globally it made over $215 million according to Box Office Mojo.

Deadline speculates that Cruise’s Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie will be asked to helm Mission: Impossible 5.

Less clear, is whether Top Gun 2 will still proceed following director Tony Scott’s death last year. Cruise’s reprisal of Maverick was supposed to go before cameras ahead of M:I 5. Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said he is still optimistic that the sequel will happen. “We haven’t given up yet,” he said earlier this year. “It’s just figuring out how to do it, which I think we have a good handle on, and losing Tony slowed us down, but hopefully we can pick up speed again.”

Are you happy Cruise will be accepting another Mission? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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2 comments

  1. James | May 7, 2013 at 8:49 am

    M:I 5. Meh. I’ll watch it, but it doesn’t get me excited like the idea of Top Gun 2.
    That said, I wonder how TG2 would fly in today’s age of remotely-piloted aircrafts. Somehow, the idea of Cruise playing with a joystick inside a trailer filled with screens doesn’t get the heart pumping.

  2. edward | May 7, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Putting aside Cruise’s unique and questionable life choices, his movie choices are without question, smart. He rarely makes a “terrible” movie and his decision to do MI5 is wise because the Ghost Protocol was the best in the series.

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