Filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie is paying off a nearly thirty-year-old punchline with the upcoming eighth and final “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two”.
On his Instagram account on Wednesday, McQuarrie posted a photo of actor Rolf Saxon in a very chilly-looking location. The photo follows on from another he posted recently of Inuit actor Lucy Tulugarjuk joining the cast with a photo of her in a snowfield that sports some geodesic domes.
Saxon played William Donloe in the original 1996 film – a CIA analyst in the building’s high-security records vault. After spiking his coffee to get him to clear out, Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt drops from the ceiling and steals the NOC list in arguably the first movie’s most famous scene.
In a sequence after, Henry Czerny’s Eugene Kittridge is seen telling a subordinate to promptly reassign Donloe to a polar substation in Alaska “by the end of the day”. From the looks of the photos, nearly thirty years later he’s still there.
“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two” is said to be mostly finished with some recent shooting having taken place in Italy – that leg of the shoot enlisting the help of “Ted Lasso” actress Hannah Waddingham.
Czerny will reprise his Kittridge role in “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” which opens in cinemas July 14th. ‘Part Two’ is slated for June 28th next year.
Guess who’s back? Is he still manning a radar tower in Alaska? #MissionImpossibleDeadReckoning pic.twitter.com/S1lIjtkpkP
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