The next two “Mission: Impossible” films will feature a character not seen since the first film in the franchise. Director Christopher McQuarrie revealed on Saturday that Henry Czerny will return as Eugene Kittridge.
“There is no escaping the past…,” McQuarrie wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
Kittridge was the head of the IMF in the first film and spends the majority of the time hunting down Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, who is suspected of being a mole. He eventually works with Hunt to apprehend the real mole, Jim Phelps (Jon Voight).
Czerny joins a cast that included Cruise, Nicholas Hoult, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham and Pom Klementieff.
The still-untitled “Mission: Impossible” 7 will hit theaters July 23, 2021, with part 8 coming just over a year later, on Aug. 5, 2022.
McQuarrie will return to write and direct the next two films in the action series. He wrote and directed 2015’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and 2018’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” which, globally earned $682 million and nearly $800 million, respectively. The films are shooting back-to-back to capitalize on the success of “Fallout,” the highest-earning installment of the franchise that launched in 1996.
Paramount is releasing the film in conjunction with Bad Robot, Skydance Media and TC Productions.