After six movies full of twists and turns, Mission: Impossible fans are certainly used to surprises.
But not many of us will have seen this latest development.
Director Christopher McQuarrie, who took the reigns of the franchise for 2015’s fifth instalment Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and held on to them for 2018’s follow-up Mission: Impossible – Fallout, has made a shocking reveal.
None other than Eugene Kittridge will be returning in the as-yet untitled M:I7 and M:I8 movies.
Henry Czerny played the then-Head of the IMF all the way back in the original 1996 Mission: Impossible reboot, but hasn’t been seen in the series since.
Kittridge was a massive thorn in the side of Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt all that time ago, but he had his reasons.
He set up the op that got all of Hunt’s IMF team killed because he was trying to flush out a mole and strongly – but wrongly – suspected Ethan.
Everything worked out okay in the end (apart from all those dead agents, of course), and Kittridge slunk off into the shadows leaving Tom Cruise’s Ethan to his own devices for the next quarter of a century.
“There is no escaping the past…” said McQuarrie on Instagram and Twitter, captioning a photo of Czerny presumably reprising his role as Kittridge.
He added the combo hashtag #MI7MI8, just to make sure we understood that Kittridge was coming back.
As well as Tom Cruise (of course), Czerny will be joined in the movies by an all-star cast, including Nicholas Hoult, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham and Hayley Atwell.
McQuarrie will be directing the as-yet un(sub)titled Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8, which will be shot back to back and released on July 23, 2021 and August 5, 2022 respectively if all goes to plan.
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