Mission: Impossible Is Running Out Of Tom Cruise Replacements

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The Mission: Impossible film series has been attempting to replace Tom Cruise for more than ten years. But those characters are getting scarce.

The producers of the Mission: Impossible film series have been trying for over ten years to find a replacement for Tom Cruise when he quits from the role, but they are at a loss on what to do. With his breakout role as roguish IMF agent Ethan Hunt, Cruise has served as the series’ main character since the first Mission: Impossible film was released in 1996. However, it’s just a matter of time until Cruise leaves the series to concentrate on other endeavors, and there are getting fewer and fewer options for his successor.

The two-part Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, which released its first volume earlier this year (the seventh installment in the series overall), was initially planned as a send-off for Hunt that would allow Cruise to depart from the franchise. It seems as though this story is no longer planned as Hunt’s final adventure, but Cruise will want to stop making Mission: Impossible movies sooner or later. When that happens, the producers will need a new lead actor, and they’re quickly running out of options.

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The Mission: Impossible producers have been trying to set up a potential replacement for Cruise as far back as 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. That movie introduced an intelligence analyst character named William Brandt, played by Jeremy Renner. Brandt was clearly set up to replace Hunt in a future movie, but after returning for a brief appearance in the 2015 sequel, Rogue Nation, Renner has seemingly dropped out of the franchise with no plan to reprise his role in the future.

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In Rogue Nation, Rebecca Ferguson’s character Ilsa Faust, an MI6 undercover operative, was presented as a potential successor to Cruise. Ferguson appeared to be an obvious choice to take over the Mission: Impossible franchise after Cruise steps down because she was excellent in the part and Ilsa rapidly became a fan favorite. Ilsa, however, was eliminated in Dead Reckoning Part One following her appearance in Fallout. Neither of Cruise’s potential successors as the franchise’s leader is still a possibility.

Would A Mission: Impossible Movie Without Tom Cruise Work?

All of this might be moot, as Cruise might be indispensable to a Mission: Impossible film. The bold stunts that Cruise pulls off for each film are what make this franchise so popular, not its name. As Cruise aims to surpass the previous stunts, the series has turned into a competition between him and his competitors. The performers might not have Cruise’s star power even if the producers could locate one who was prepared to go as far as Cruise in the stunts.

 

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