Tom Cruise lines up next lead film role

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Tom Cruise has lined up his next lead film role, with the star set to join the cast for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film.

As per Deadline, Cruise is rumoured to have joined the currently untitled project, which Iñárritu has co-written with journalist Sabina Berman and Birdman duo Alexander Dinelaris and Nicolas Giacobone.

Cruise will produce the feature, which currently has no plot details. The project will also be Iñárritu’s first English-language feature since The Revenant, which saw Leonardo DiCaprio win an Academy Award for his lead performance.

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While the untitled project is still a fair while away, Cruise is busy preparing for the eighth instalment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, which has seen its release date delayed by a year.

Director Christopher McQuarrie recently spoke about the upcoming feature, teasing that they would be upping the ante in the stunt department, telling Collider: “Tom and I are constantly re-evaluating our own work and asking ourselves how we could have done it better.

“We've done underwater sequences previously. We've worked underwater in Edge of Tomorrow, and we worked underwater in Rogue Nation, and we left very dissatisfied with those sequences.

“And we analyse why we were dissatisfied. What were all the factors working against us? The biggest being, not having real knowledge in that area. Everything you're looking at in Dead Reckoning is the application of knowledge from the previous sequence.”

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The seventh film, Dead Reckoning, featured the shock death of Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust, with the star addressing her character’s fate: “Mission is such a huge dedication, and I've done it now, and it's fantastic. And it's amazing, and Christopher and Tom wrote this incredible character.

“There's just that much you can do with a character, I find, and I'm entitled to my own opinion on this too. I want her to go rogue. I'm interested in the dark side, I don't want to be a team member, I'm not interested in that. And I felt like that was where we were headed.”

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning is now available to rent or purchase. An untitled eighth Mission: Impossible film will be releasing on May 23, 2025.

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