Set Photos and Video from Mission: Impossible 8 Unmasked

Ethan Hunt is back in action. The Mirror has exclusive set images from Mission: Impossible 8, the next installment in Tom Cruise’s superspy franchise. Currently filming in London, Mission: Impossible 8 – which will probably not be the title – was once called Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two, but after the last film self-destructed in five seconds, the plan changed. Now, the seventh movie is simply called Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, and the one currently filming will have a new title to distance itself from its immediate predecessor. In addition to Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible 8 will feature Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby, Henry Czerny, and Esai Morales reprising their roles, with Nick Offerman, Hannah Waddingham, Janet McTeer, and Holt McCallany joining the cast. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Mission: Impossible 8 is scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 23, 2025. You can see the images and a video below, courtesy of X account @TomCruiseNavy:

Tom Cruise is running again. That was to be expected – this is a Mission: Impossible movie –  but it’s nice to see him in action as a reminder that the film is coming. The blood on his shirt suggests that things are getting dire for Ethan Hunt, and I like that. The better installments in the Mission: Impossible series are the ones that make Ethan vulnerable, where it feels like he’s up against the wall and could very well lose. That’s part of why Rogue Nation is my favorite; he was finally facing a villain who outmaneuvered him at every turn. That the military is out in force makes it seem like the threat has escalated as well. I also like that it’s being shot in London; I love England, and there are few locations as effective for cloak-and-dagger espionage stories. However, I hope they really do distance this one from Dead Reckoning; that movie was okay (in retrospect, I wish I’d given it a lower score), but the AI plot was stupid and got old fast, especially because of how it was executed. AI can be interesting, but it’s boring when you make it the main villain (seriously), especially in something that’s not a sci-fi film. The best part of Dead Reckoning was Hayley Atwell, and I’m glad she’s coming back, but I hope they wrap up the dangling threads in the beginning and then start a new story. I’m not sure what the odds of that happening are, but I want to like these movies, and if they keep up this dumb AI stuff, I don’t think the name change will be enough to save Mission: Impossible 8.

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