“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” Poster Reveals Tom Cruise’s Craziest Stunt
We have our first look at the official poster for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, and it teases what is arguably the most insane stunt Tom Cruise has done in the entire franchise.
This is a statement neither Paramount nor we would make lightly, considering the history of lunacy Cruise and the Mission: Impossible stunt team has compiled. The poster captures the moment after Cruise’s Ethan Hunt has ridden a motorcycle off a cliff—in order to BASE jump. “This is far and away the most dangerous thing we’ve ever attempted,” Cruise said in a behind-the-scenes video that captured the stunt. You heard it from the man himself.
Here’s the official poster capturing Cruise’s gonzo bike-to-BASE jump stunt:
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Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is the first in the final two-part conclusion to Cruise’s career as Ethan Hunt. The film’s plot has been kept pretty tightly under wraps, and that’s even despite the release of the first trailer. Dead Reckoning Part One finds writer/director Christopher McQuarrie back at the helm, guiding Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and many of his longtime allies, including Rebecca Ferguson as Isla Faust, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, and Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell. Vanesa Kirby also returns as the White Widow, and the cast gets a boost with newcomers Pom Klementieff, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, Indira Varma, and Cary Elwes. The trailer doesn’t give us much more of the plot than showing us Hunt being aggressively put out to pasture (good luck with that), but it does give us glimpses of the action, which has become the hallmark of the franchise, including another stunt, this one involving a train plunging off a cliff that McQuarrie has mentioned as one of the most insane in the franchise’s history. Add it to the list.
The practical stunts depicted in the franchise, many done by Cruise himself and guided by veteran stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood, have become the stuff of legend. For the motorcycle off a cliff into a BASE jump stunt, Eastwood explained in the video (embedded below) that it required a year of BASE training, advanced skydive training, canopy control, and a slew of other skills. While Cruise is the center of attention, the video shows how it takes a team of experts to deliver a stunt like this while keeping everyone safe.
Here’s a look at the BASE jump stunt. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One arrives in theaters on July 14:
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Featured image: The official poster for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. Courtesy Paramount Pictures.