Tom Cruise has apparently accepted a sixth mission in the hit Mission: Impossible movie franchise.
The fifth installment of the franchise was just released in the U.S. this weekend. However, the 53-year-old actor confirmed in a recent interview that Mission: Impossible 6 is already in the works.
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When talking about Mission: Impossible 5 with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, Tom Cruise expressed his overall thoughts on the fifth movie while also subtly confirming that the ball is already rolling for a sixth film.
“Now this is the fifth one. It’s pretty amazing because it’s the one, I thought, if I could keep making these kinds of movies… We’re starting to work on [the sixth] now. We’ll probably start shooting it next summer.”
Tom also opened up about his extended history with the Mission: Impossible franchise overall, including one of the reasons why the first film was such a major career milestone for him.
“Mission is the first film I ever produced, the very first Mission about 20 years ago. It was 20… about 19 years, and I guess maybe 20 years ago I started it… It goes like that.”
The first Mission: Impossible film brought Tom Cruise into the spotlight even more as an action movie star when it was released back in 1996. Before he premiered as Ethan Hunt in that film, Cruise was known for such intense, action-packed movies as Top Gun and Days of Thunder.
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However, Mission: Impossible brought him into a realm of espionage, mystery, and suspense, territory that was previously unexplored throughout his career.
The fact that Mission: Impossible generated over $450 million at the box office worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, made it pretty clear to fans and critics alike that Tom Cruise’s days of playing Ethan Hunt on the big screen were far from over.
Tom Cruise has been playing Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible movies for 19 YEARS??? Wha?
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Five films and nearly 20 years later, Tom Cruise is still dropping jaws and keeping moviegoers on the edge of their seats with his Mission: Impossible franchise — and there are no signs of him stopping anytime soon.
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