The filming of Mission: Impossible 8 continues between the United States and Europe, aboard an aircraft carrier.
In his opening speech for the 2023 Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel openly mocked Tom Cruise and James Cameron, who were absent from the ceremony last night:“You know, Tom and James didn't show up tonight. Yes, the two guys who are bugging us so that we can go to the cinemas don't even come to our room!” This noticeable absence is however fully justified as regards Top Gun: Maverick star: Tom Cruiseis filming the second part of Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning.
Earlier this month, the 60-year-old actor was invited, along with director Christopher McQuarrie, aboard the giant American aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). It is a nuclear-powered multi-purpose ship. They were welcomed by the sailors, took selfies with them, then really went to sea alongside them to shoot plans for this sequel, in Europe. They are currently filming on the Italian shores of the Adriatic Sea. British comedian Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) is also part of the trip.
“On behalf of the entire Mission team, I would like to deeply thank all members of the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, wrote Chris McQuarrie on his Instagram account. The short time we have spent with you has made us understand all the sacrifices you make in the name of security and prosperity. Thank you for your service.”
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Tom Cruise and James Cameron were both expected at the Oscars, as their top blockbusters of the past year, Top Fun: Maverick and Avatar 2, were nominated in the category Best film (in the end Everything Everywhere All at Once won). If he had won, Cruise would have been represented by the project's producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, who was present during the ceremony. Ditto for Jon Landau, who was there to support the film by the filmmaker La Voie de l'eau in place of Cameron, “absent for personal reasons”, he specified in the American press .
Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning hits the big screen on July 12 for the first installment. The second part is expected to be released in the summer of 2024.
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