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Mission Impossible 5 Almost has a Full Cast
It’s been three years since Brad Bird successfully revamped the Mission Impossible franchise with a fun, and slightly cartoonish installment to the franchise. Now though, we have a new director with a new vision, and the first piece of his vision will be the casting of the film’s villain.
Deadline has reported that British actor, Sean Harris is currently in talks with Paramount over playing the villain in the fifth installment of the franchise.
Sean Harris is not the most well known of actors, but his roles so far have been suited to a more “villainous” type role which is good; where he has played a slightly reckless space explorer in 2012s Prometheus, and one of the scary looking dudes in the recent horror film, Deliver Us from Evil.
He is mostly just starting out in his career as a big “movie star” with him taking his time over the years to make a name for himself in independent British films like 24 Hour Party People, Harry Brown, and Brighton Rock. So hopefully now his sinister presence and acting chops can be fully felt in the upcoming Mission Impossible.
The new bad guy is nearly cast, which means he will join the other new stars from Alec Baldwin who plays a high ranking CIA officer, Jeremy Renner, who returns as William Brandt, and Rebecca Ferguson who apparently has a “coveted role.” These new stars are joined by M.I regulars like Tom Cruise who plays Ethan Hunt, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn and Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell.
It’s nice to see Ving Rhames back, as he’s sort of vanished from the film scene of late, but his performance in the first Mission Impossible in particular was something the new M.I director, Christopher McQaurrie was obviously keen to replicate.
Even though there are no plot details as yet, we can take a pretty good guess as to what to expect. Most of the cast of actors here are portraying characters who all work with Tom Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt for the fictional IMF (Impossible Mission Force). So, expect a team of this size to be going on another globetrotting adventure.
Another indication that it will be set in multiple countries is that the studio has confirmed that they will be filming in locations such as Vienna, America (obviously), Morroco, and Austria. It seems though, despite not quite having its villain cast yet, that filming is already underway in Vienna because if you click on the link here, you will be able to see Tom Cruise in the middle of a set piece with co-star Rebecca Ferguson on the side of a bridge.
I wouldn’t bet against there being a supporting villain in the new film, possibly Alec Baldwin’s character being corrupt or Rebecca Ferguson being a snitch of some sort, because if shooting has already begun, there must be something in the script that is providing conflict without scenes with the main villain played by Sean Harris.
There’s no doubt though, it will be interesting to see what McQaurrie, the former Jack Reacher director does with this next film. Each film has its own tone to it, and I can see this one perhaps being a little darker and grittier than 2011’s Ghost Protocol, maybe more along the lines of J.J Abrams, Mission Impossible 3 which had the darkest tone and plot in the series to date.
However, the tone of the plot is all down to the screenwriters, who have a job to do to top the last films success, which saw it rake in over 690 million dollars worldwide. Drew Pearce, writer of Iron Man 3, penned the script to start off with, but McQuarrie was obviously keen to improve Pearce’s work, and went with former Call of Duty scribe, Will Staples to redfraft the screenplay. So, if Call of Duty is anything to go by, expect a healthy amount of set pieces and gunfights in Mission Impossible 5.
It is due to release on the 25th of December 2015 in the US and the 26th in the UK. However, do not be surprised if the release is suddenly moved forward or back, because films such as Star Wars episode VII, Warcraft, Ben Affleck’s Live by Night adaption, and Kung Fu Panda 3 are all battling for the top spot in that period.
So let me know below whether you think Sean Harris is suitable for the villain role in the upcoming installment.