The Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One Trailer Delivers the Thrills

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Now part of the pop culture zeitgeist for over a quarter-century, the Mission: Impossible film series continues to satisfy cinematic thrill-seekers with not only its death-defying stunts and memorable visuals, but its heady and dynamic storyboards. Based on the TV series from the 1960s, the film franchise is one of the few that’s gotten better and better with each new entry, which would be impressive in and of itself if there were only three or four movies, but the Tom Cruise-led espionage series now has six installments under its belt — with a seventh and eighth currently in the works.

The series has always been praised for serving up episodic, Bond-like premises while maintaining enough serialization to keep us invested in the characters and clamoring for each new entry. Paramount Pictures just debuted the trailer for the seventh film, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, despite it not getting released for another year. It will see the return of Cruise as Ethan Hunt, a leader of a team of operatives known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). He teams up once again with his best friend and technician Luther (Ving Rhames), field agent Benji (Simon Pegg), and former MI6 agent Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson), while black-market arms dealer Alanna Mitsopolis (Vanessa Kirby) from the previous installment is also back for more.

Newcomers such as Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, Esai Morales, and Cary Elwes round out the cast, but the trailer also divulges the return of Eugene Kittridge (Henry Czerny) — last seen in the first film back in 1996 — telling Hunt that he needs to “pick a side.” We also see Cruise’s Hunt jumping off a mountain on a motorcycle in one of the more impressive stunts in a series that’s chock-full of them. Not much of the plot is known as of yet, but the new trailer has enough of a taste of the upcoming film to hint to longtime fans that the quality of the series won’t die here, even if Ethan Hunt is expected to get an official sendoff at the end of Part Two in 2024.

Dead Reckoning Part One’s predecessor, Fallout, came out back in 2018, but with a series of delays, mostly due to the coronavirus pandemic, the new film’s release has been pushed to July 2023, when it will finally arrive in theaters.