At the age of 52, many actors would scoff at the idea of doing their own stunts, but Tom Cruise isn’t one of those actors.
Cruise and Mission: Impossible 5 co-star Rebecca Ferguson were spotted in Vienna practicing and filming stunts for the upcoming action flick. The stunt involved Cruise dangling from the Vienna Opera House while Ferguson clung to him. While they were not spotted out in Vienna, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames will return for the next installment of the Mission: Impossible series. Renner and Rhames will reprise their respective roles of William Brandt and Luther Stickwell, members of Ethan Hunt’s espionage team. Simon Pegg will also be joining Cruise for Mission: Impossible 5.
In addition to reprising the role of IMF agent Ethan Hunt, a role which he first played in 1996’s Mission: Impossible, Cruise will be producing Mission: Impossible 5 along with J.J Abrahms and Bryan Burke. Fans of Cruise and the Mission: Impossible franchise will have to wait until December 26, 2015 for their next set of spy movie thrills.
Speaking of thrills and chills, Tom Cruise became the latest celebrity to take up the ALS ice bucket challenge. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cruise and the entire crew of Mission: Impossible 5 were challenged by Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, and Garrett Hedlund, stars of the upcoming film Peter Pan. Because not all of crew members challenged were on set the following day, Cruise and Mission: Impossible 5 director Chris McQuarrie had multiple buckets (around 7 to be exact) of ice water poured over their heads by various crew members. Cruise and McQuarrie challenge Paramount Pictures executives Adam Goodman and Brad Grey, along with Skydance’s David Ellison. Skydance is one of the production companies behind Mission: Impossible 5. Paramount Pictures will be the film’s distributor.
Meanwhile another Tom Cruise film is back in the news, but for a strange reason. Earlier this summer, Tom Cruise starred in Edge of Tomorrow. Edge of Tomorrow has the distinction of being one of the most confusing films of the 2014 summer season based on performance. While it currently has a 90 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it among the highest rated films of Cruise’s career according to the web site, Edge of Tomorrow struggled and largely failed to find an audience in the United States, and had to rely on foreign audiences to recoup it’s production costs. It never managed to.
Film journalists were equally confused when Warner Bros. released the cover for the upcoming Blu-ray release of Cruise vehicle Edge of Tomorrow. The film title and the names of stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are written in small print at the bottom of the box. Along the side in more prominent letters are the words “live, die, and repeat.” The film will also be listed on iTunes as Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow. Could this be an attempt by Warner Bros. to rebrand their failure of a film?