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Mission: Impossible 8: Release date, cast and plot for Tom Cruise sequel

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A still from the teaser for Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One. (Paramount Pictures)
A still from the teaser for Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One. (Paramount Pictures)

If you thought Tom Cruise’s addiction to death-defying stunts was enjoying a bit of a breather after his last M:I outing debuted you’d be wrong as Mission: Impossible 8 is very much on its way.

That’s right. Cinema’s post-Covid saviour will be putting his life on the line once more all in the name of big-screen entertainment and pricey popcorn to prove that no mission is too impossible for field agent Ethan Hunt.

That said, when you’re seven movies into a franchise that prides itself on edge-of-your-seat action, keeping audiences surprised no doubt becomes tricky. That’s why we’re sure that the concluding instalment of Mission: Impossible’s first two-parter is sure to up the ante considerably.

Read more: How does Dead Reckoning Part One set up Part Two?

When can you see it? Read on to get all the key details you need about Mission: Impossible 8, including its release date, plot details, cast and more.

Mission: Impossible 8 release date

Esai Morales and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning - Part One. (Paramount)
Esai Morales and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning - Part One. (Paramount)

While jumping off of buildings and shooting baddies are no biggie for Mission: Impossible’s main agent, it looks like Hunt’s first big task could be meeting the release date for his new movie.

Mission: Impossible 8 currently has a UK and USA theatrical release date of 23 May, 2025.

This delayed a whole year from its original release date of 28 June, 2024, due to the ongoing WGA/SAG-AFTRA strike.

Read more: The best Easter eggs from Dead Reckoning Part One

With actors currently holding picket signs instead of scripts, production on the sequel has been paused until an agreement has been settled which — at the time of writing — doesn’t look like it’ll happen anytime soon.

Originally slated to be released as Dead Reckoning Part Two, this title is said to be likely to change too.

While much of Part Two was filmed simultaneously with Part One, the film won’t be complete until Cruise can get in front of a camera and do something dangerous — and only time will tell as to when that might be.

Mission: Impossible 8 plot

Seen as this is the concluding part of a movie that’s already been released, the story is still very much still ongoing and will continue a plot that’s already been laid out by Cruise and his director Christopher McQuarrie.

In Dead Reckoning, we found Hunt tackling his most dangerous mission yet and attempting to stop a sinister artificial intelligence known as The Entity from causing world-altering damage. Working alongside this AI threat is a terrorist known as Gabriel who has mysterious links to Ethan’s pre-mission-busting past.

With both threats already wreaking painful damage on Hunt, his immediate circle and the world at large, we can probably expect good versus evil to come face-to-face in this nail-biting conclusion.

Director Chris McQuarrie has teased an epic underwater sequence in the film as the filmmaker seeks to top the sub-aquatic scene from Rogue Nation.

Mission: Impossible 8 cast

Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning - Part One. (Paramount)
Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning - Part One. (Paramount)

Cruise is back once more as Hunt, with Captain America’s Hayley Attwell as thief-turned-friend Grace joining him to help beat The Entity.

Together, they’re joined by Hunt’s Impossible Mission crew including Simon Pegg’s Benji, Ving Rhames’ Luther and Henry Czerny as former IMF director Eugene Kittridge who first appeared in 1996’s original Mission: Impossible.

Read more: The story of Tom Cruise's action franchise so far

Rebecca Ferguson’s Rogue Nation and Fallout character Ilsa Faust is also expected to be back, alongside Vanessa Kirby’s arms dealer Alanna Mitsopolis and Esai Morales villain Gabriel.

Despite getting a rough ride in Part One, we will likely see more of Pom Klementieff’s assassin Paris as well as Shea Wingham’s intelligence agent Jasper Briggs.

A still from the teaser for Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One. (Paramount Pictures)
A still from the teaser for Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One. (Paramount Pictures)

Original Mission: Impossible actor Rolph Saxon may also return as William Donloe, with Mariela Garriga as Marie, the mysterious woman from Ethan’s past who was glimpsed briefly in Part One via flashback.

As the sequel’s release date gets closer, we’re sure we’ll get a better idea of who else might pop up in Hunt’s latest mission.

Mission: Impossible 8 trailer

He drove a motorcycle into a dizzying freefall in Part One, what will Cruise do in Part Two? We’ll have to wait for Mission: Impossible 8’s trailer to drop to find out - and right now, it’s still MIA.

Mission: Impossible 8 will be released on 23 May, 2025.