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Mission: Impossible 7 - What We Know So Far

The "Mission: Impossible" franchise has seen Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team tackle many insurmountable tasks. Still, despite the name of the franchise, every mission ends up getting completed. As of right now, the only job that genuinely seems impossible involves finishing production of "Mission: Impossible 7." Much like every other Hollywood blockbuster filming in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic made things exceedingly difficult to get various projects wrapped up. This hurdle led to an infamous story of Tom Cruise losing his cool on-set and yelling at a crew member for deviating from COVID-19 guidelines.

Things haven't gotten easier in 2021. As recently as early June, the "Mission: Impossible 7" team had to suspend production due to a case of coronavirus breaking out amongst the crew. Deadly viruses and impending deadlines sound like concepts that belong in this movie series, but they've been all too real for the last year. Hopefully, things can move smoothly from here on out so that we can see the next adrenaline-pumping, high-flying adventure. Here's everything to know about "Mission: Impossible 7" at this point. 

What's the release date for Mission: Impossible 7?

"Mission: Impossible 7" has experienced a lot of shuffling around when it's come to release dates. Paramount initially slated the film to come out on July 23, 2021, but production delays made it impossible for the movie to meet that timeframe (via Variety). The studio pushed the action flick back to November 19, 2021, and later, it went back even further. Right now, "Mission: Impossible 7" has a release date of May 27, 2022 (via Deadline). 

Memorial Day weekend is a prime spot for new blockbusters, and by that time, movie theaters should accept audiences at full capacity. In case you're still wary about heading to a crowded location at that time, Paramount has your back. The studio recently announced all of its newest movies for the foreseeable future would head to Paramount+ 45 days after coming out in theaters (via Variety). It follows in the footsteps of other studios utilizing their streaming services to give people more options to view new entertainment while the pandemic still poses a threat.

Who's in the cast for Mission: Impossible 7?

Plenty of characters from the "Mission: Impossible" franchise will return for this next installment. Naturally, Tom Cruise hasn't gone anywhere, and he'll return as Ethan Hunt for another round at saving the world. He's not alone as other characters who will join Ethan Hunt on his journey include Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), White Widow (Vanessa Kirby), and Erika Sloane (Angela Bassett). 

A host of new faces will also join the party. While we don't know much about their roles, we know the "Mission: Impossible 7" cast will also feature Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Cary Elwes, Shea Whigham, and Rob Delaney. Atwell's inclusion has brought about particular scrutiny, seeing how rumors have flown during the film's production that she and Cruise have begun dating. The two have yet to confirm anything, but perhaps once we get closer to the film's release date, the two will comment further on the exact nature of their relationship.

What's the plot of Mission: Impossible 7?

The crew behind the next "M:I" film has remained tight-lipped on anything that could potentially be a spoiler. As such, we don't know anything at this point other than the movie will see Ethan Hunt and his team go on another epic adventure to save the world from chaos. What's interesting to note is that the seventh installment of the franchise won't be the last. At the same time the studio announced "M:I 7," it also revealed that "Mission: Impossible 8" would also come out shortly afterward (via The Hollywood Reporter). The eighth film is still in the cards and should get into production once "M:I 7" wraps. 

Director Christopher McQuarrie commented on where he hopes to take the characters for the subsequent two sequels, telling THR, "When we went into making "Fallout," I said to Tom [Cruise], 'I really want to make this more of an emotional journey for [Cruise's character Ethan Hunt].' Going into this, I said, 'I want to take what we learned from 'Fallout' and apply it to every character in the movie. I want everyone to have an emotional arc. ... I just want the movie to have more feeling across the board."

It may still be a while until we see the next "Mission: Impossible" light up the big screen, but knowing the team behind "Mission: Impossible – Fallout," it will all be worth it.