Impossible 8, first images revealed
Nick Offerman and Janet McTeer are the latest additions to the ever-growing cast of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2, starring Tom Cruise as globetrotting super spy Ethan Hunt. Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie took to Twitter to break the news, along with the first images from the film. The roles of Offerman and McTeer are being kept under wraps but judging by the photos they look like authority figures, with Offerman dressed in a military uniform and wearing a tag that reads “Sydney”. You can check out the photos below.
The first look also provides insight into spirit hunter star Holt McCallany and Henry Czerny seated alongside Offerman’s character. McCallany’s casting as Secretary of Defense Bernstein was announced prematurely last week, so to avoid further surprises, McQuarrie himself announced the new cast members of Mission: Impossible – Dead reckoning, part two.
McQuarrie and Offerman will also be guests on the 200th episode of Light The Fuse, a weekly Mission: focused on the impossible podcast hosted by Drew Taylor of The envelope. In a preview, Offerman explains how excited he is to join Mission: Impossible 8 and the incredible ambition of the film.
“It’s really fun and fascinating. There’s a handful of really high caliber actors that I work with as well as the main character, and being able to throw the ball is amazing. Being able to watch them handle the fire hose technique is fascinating, because everyone brings a lot of momentum and panache and years of experience. And watching McQ and Tom do their thing, you can’t really describe it to people. You have to be there. I don’t I’ve never seen anything like It’s like they’re painting an amazing mural and we’re all the paintings.”
Nick Offerman is best known for his starring role as Ron Swanson on the beloved NBC sitcom Parks and recreation. Offerman, along with Steve Carrell and Bill Hader, is probably the best TV comedy actor of the century, and while Offerman has ventured into more serious roles, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2 marks his first action film. Offerman will also appear in HBO shows The last of us.
As for Janet McTeer, she is a Tony Award-winning actress who received critical acclaim for the 1999 comedy-drama Tumbleweeds. McTeer also played Jessica Jones’ mother, Alisa Jones, on Netflix’s eponymous TV superhero series and starred as ruthless lawyer Helen Pierce in Ozark. McTeer will next appear alongside Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy in The menu.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning will wrap up the long-running franchise
Mission: Impossible – Estimated will be a two-part final for the Impossible mission franchise, ending Tom Cruise’s nearly three-decade tenure as super spy Ethan Hunt, and it looks like he’s planning to go out with a bang.
Cruise and writer-director Christopher McQuarrie promised that Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2 will be the franchise’s biggest film to date, and the ensemble cast certainly indicates it: Hayley Atwell, Esai Morales, Vanessa Kirby, Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Pom Klementieff, Rebecca Ferguson, Frederick Schmidt, Shea Whigham, Rob Delaney, Charles Parnell, Indira Varma, Mark Gatiss and Cary Elwes. Most of the actors Dead Reckoning part one comes back in Second partMcCallany, Offerman and McTeer being the new recruits.
After multiple delays and Tom Cruise’s promotional commitments for Top Gun: Maverick, Mission: Impossible 8 began production in March 2022 and is currently filming in the UK, where Cruise was recently spotted jumping off a mountain.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 will be released in theaters on July 14, 2023, with Second part arriving a year later on June 28, 2024.