UPDATE: In an September 12 Instagram post, Atwell confirmed she will star in the next two “Mission: Impossible” films.
“Captain America” star Hayley Atwell has joined the cast of Tom Cruise’s next “Mission: Impossible.” Director Christopher McQuarrie made the announcement on his Instagram account Friday.
“Should you choose to accept…,” wrote McQuarrie to which Atwell responded, “Mission: Accepted. Though I’m not the sort to follow orders…”
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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 Tom Cruise-starring action series. McQuarrie wrote and directed 2015’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and last year’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” which, globally earned $682 million and nearly $800 million, respectively.
The films are expected to shoot back-to-back to capitalize on the success of “Fallout,” the highest-earning installment of the franchise that launched in 1996. McQuarrie and Cruise have worked together on a number of other projects the filmmaker either wrote or directed, including “The Mummy,” “Jack Reacher,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Valkyrie.”
Atwell is best known for playing Peggy Carter, the long-term love interest of Steve Rogers in the “Captain America” films which saw the conclusion of the romance in the recent “Avengers: Endgame.”
Atwell is repped by CAA and Management 360.