“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2” Adds “Ted Lasso” Star Hannah Waddingham

Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham is going from the front office of the fictional AFC Richmond squad to the high-octane world of international espionage. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2 writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has revealed that Waddingham will be in the final installment of his Tom Cruise-led franchise via Instagram.

We’d only recently learned that McQuarrie, Cruise, and the rest of the Mission: Impossible team are filming scenes for Dead Reckoning Part 2 on the U.S.S. George H.W Bush; now, McQuarrie has revealed that Waddingham is on board the vessel—or we should say a vessel, it’s not 100% clear if it’s the warship—in an undisclosed role.

Here’s McQuarrie’s post:

Little is known about the plot for Dead Reckoning Part 2—we’ve only seen the trailer for Part One (embedded below)—but we do know both films will feature the customary gonzo stunts and that Part 2 will be Tom Cruise’s final Mission.

Waddingham was one of our favorite interview subjects from 2021. She’s a multi-talented performer, gifted with the comedic chops required to spar with Jason Sudeikis and the rest of the Lasso squad, the singing voice to star in West End productions in London of iconic plays like Spamalot, Into the Woods, and The Wizard of Oz, and the gravitas to transform into one of Game of Thrones more terrifying characters, Septa Unella, a tormentor of Cersei Lannister. There’s no doubt she’ll be a great addition to one of the greatest action franchises of all time.

Check out the trailer for Dead Reckoning Part One below, which hits theaters on July 14, 2023. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2 arrives on June 28, 2024:

For more on the Mission: Impossible series, check out these stories:

Tom Cruise Filming Part of “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two ” On U.S. Aircraft Carrier off Italian Coast

Watch Tom Cruise Perform the Most Insane Stunt in “Mission: Impossible” History

“Mission: Impossible 8” Will Be Tom Cruise’s Last (and Craziest)

“Mission: Impossible – 7” Team Celebrate First Assistant Director Mary Boulding

Featured image: Hannah Waddingham in “Ted Lasso” season two, now streaming on Apple TV+.


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