Writer and director Christopher McQuarrie is putting together quite the cast for the next two Mission: Impossible movies and today announced that Henry Czerny will return! In McQuarrie’s post, which you can view below, he says: “There is no escaping the past… #MI7MI8.”
Henry Czerny played Impossible Missions Force (IMF) director Eugene Kittridge in the very first Mission: Impossible movie, which opened in theaters in May of 1996. In that film, Kittridge originally believes that Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt is a mole working with an arms dealer, but Hunt proves his innocence in the end.
The actor joins previously-announced newcomers to the franchise Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham and Nicholas Hoult.
Czerny’s other credits include The Boys of St. Vincent, Clear and Present Danger, The Ice Storm, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Fido, Remember, and Ready or Not.
McQuarrie is returning to write and direct the next two Mission: Impossible movies, with the seventh and eighth films arriving on July 23, 2021 and August 5, 2022. Skydance Media founder and CEO David Ellison will again produce. The next two Mission: Impossible movies are expected to be shot back-to-back.
McQuarrie has written and directed the last two films, which were both big hits. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was released in 2015 and earned $682.7 million worldwide, while Mission: Impossible – Fallout grossed $791.1 million globally last year and is the biggest film in the franchise.
In Fallout, on a dangerous assignment to recover stolen plutonium, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) chooses to save his friends over the mission, allowing it to fall into the hands of a deadly network of highly skilled operatives intent on destroying civilization.
Now, with the world at risk, Ethan and his IMF team (Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson) are forced to work with a hard-hitting CIA agent (Henry Cavill) as they race against time to stop the nuclear threat.
The film also stars Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin.