Exclusive: Angela Bassett confirms return for more Mission: Impossible
As details have slowly trickled in regarding who we can expect to see return for the highly-anticipated seventh and eighth installments of the Mission: Impossible franchise, ComingSoon.net has learned exclusively that Fallout star Angela Bassett will indeed be returning for more Tom Cruise-starring thrills.
While chatting with the Oscar and Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner for her role in Pixar’s forthcoming fantasy adventure Soul, Bassett revealed that there is indeed plans in the works to have her reprise her role of CIA Director Erika Sloane, and though not mentioning which sequel she would be appearing in, she expressed excitement over getting to return to the franchise.
“The real conversation is when, I think they’ve begun filming, or that was the plan, but you know in these trying times, the best laid plans of mice and men sometimes go awry,” Bassett explained. “But I do have the pages, we’ll just see when I get the ticket to fly and go do my part, but that’s coming up and I’m really excited about it.”
Joining Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell are returning Mission: Impossible alums Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep), Simon Pegg (Ready Player One), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Vanessa Kirby (Hobbs & Shaw) and Henry Czerny (Ready or Not) along with newcomers Shea Whigham (Joker), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers: Infinity War) and Esai Morales (La Bamba, Titans) who will replace Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) for the villain role.
Following the large critical and commercial success of the past two installments, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie signed a new deal with Paramount to return to write and direct the next two installments, turning down other studio offers to continue his long-running partnership with franchise star Tom Cruise. Skydance Media, who joined the franchise with the fourth installment, Ghost Protocol, will be returning to produce the next two entries.
The Mission: Impossible franchise spans almost 25 years and six films, starting off with modest critical and major box office success in the first two films before launching its lead protagonist into grittier and more explosive stories, each film getting progressively better reviews than its predecessor, with the most recent installment, Fallout, earning the highest reviews for both the franchise and the action genre, currently maintaining a 97% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes while also acquiring the highest box office gross of the franchise at over $790 million worldwide.
Mission: Impossible 7 is set to premiere on November 19, 2021 followed by Mission: Impossible 8 on November 4, 2022, with Pixar’s Soul set to hit Disney+ this Christmas Day!