Paramount Pictures has released a nine-minute featurette showcasing what they dub the “biggest stunt in cinema history” from the upcoming “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”.
Taking place in Hellesylt, Norway in September 2020, director Christopher McQuarrie calls it “far and away the most dangerous thing we’ve ever attempted” as the clip showcases the action set piece in which star Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt drives a motorcycle off a cliff and goes into a base jump.
Cruise says he’s been wanting to do this stunt since he was a kid, and it took them years to prepare and train for with Cruise learning all the different elements of the jump, including over 500 skydives, 13,000 Motorcross jumps, and multiple computer simulations and practice jumps in a quarry in England.
McQuarrie says even two years ago, the cameras that would allow them to film the stunt simply didn’t exist, and a big part of the equation was working out how to capture Cruise doing the stunt.
The seventh overall film in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise sees Cruise reuniting with Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames in a new adventure shot in Rome, Venice, Norway and the UK.
Henry Czerny as Eugene Kittridge and Vanessa Kirby as the White Widow are back, while Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Esai Morales, Cary Elwes, Shea Whigham, Indira Varma, Mark Gatiss, Rob Delaney and Greg Tarzan Davis join the cast.
Boasting a budget estimated to be around $290 million this first of a two-film story opens in cinemas on July 14th 2023. Cruise is currently filming “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two” which will open nearly a year later in June 2024.