Nicholas Hoult is in talks to star in Christopher McQuarrie‘s next “Mission: Impossible” film, along with Tom Cruise returning in the next action-packed installment. McQuarrie posted the news via Instagram. It is produced and distributed by Skydance and Paramount Pictures.
According to Variety, “His exact role is unknown, but Hoult is expected to play a villain.” The source also states Hoult was originally in talks to star as the character of Goose’s son in the upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick,” which McQuarrie has a writing credit on. The article also states Hoult and Cruise had a meeting that may have led to the actor’s casting on McQuarrie’s film. The cast for “M:I7” includes Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham and Gregory Sanon.
McQuarrie wrote and directed “Mission: Impossible- Fallout,” which grossed over $791 million worldwide. It starred Cruise in the famed role of M:I agent Ethan Hunt, along with Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Sean Harries, Angela Bassett and Vanessa Kirby. McQuarrie also helmed “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation,” which earned over $682 million at the worldwide box office.
Hoult was recently seen in “Tolkien,” “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” and “True History of the Kelly Gang.” He also had a role in Apple TV’s “The Banker,” which was pulled from release and its AFI premiere last year due to legalities.
The next installment of the franchise is set to arrive in theaters on July 23, 2021. The next film is slated to release on Aug. 5, 2022, which will quickly commence filming after the forthcoming release. McQuarrie will write and direct both sequels.