Tom Cruise thanks Top Gun 2 fans while in the middle of doing a stunt for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning. Cruise’s unflagging commitment to creating truly thrilling cinematic experiences paid off in a huge way this year, when his long-awaited sequel Top Gun: Maverick soared to $1.45 billion at the worldwide box office. But Cruise obviously isn’t finished yet, as he’s currently hard at work making not one but two new installments in his long-running action-thriller series Mission: Impossible.

Proving that he’s one of the world’s great multi-taskers as well, Cruise just made a video in which he thanks fans for making Top Gun: Maverick such a huge hit while literally in the middle of shooting a stunt for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning. Cruise’s favorite writer-director Christopher McQuarrie shows up in the clip as well, sensibly strapped into an aircraft seat while Cruise goes back-first into a terrifying skydive over the coast of South Africa.

The two-part Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning will, it has been revealed, mark the end of the road for action hero Ethan Hunt. Returning alongside Cruise for the farewell films are series mainstays Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Vanessa Kirby, alongside newcomers Haley Atwell, Shea Whigham and Pom Klementieff. Back in the fold after a long absence from the franchise is the character of Eugene Kittridge, played again by Henry Czerny. Also joining the fun is Esai Morales, who plays the first film’s main antagonist. Holt McCallany and Nick Offerman are both also hopping aboard for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two.

Plot details about both movies are naturally being kept under wraps for the time-being. But a recently-released Mission: Impossible 7 trailer did offer plenty of teases, including underwater action, a possible love story for Ethan and Ferguson’s Ilsa, a big chase through Rome for Ethan and Atwell’s Grace and Klementieff’s villainous role. Dead Reckoning – Part One will also feature some major stunts, including a huge motorcycle jump for Cruise and a final chase sequence set aboard a train. A few Dead Reckoning – Part Two stunts, including one that required Cruise to learn how to fly a biplane, have been teased as well.

There has naturally been plenty of speculation as well about the fate of Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, given that seemingly ominous Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning title. But it remains to be seen whether Hunt will ultimately die or be given a chance to ride off into the sunset. Meanwhile, Cruise fans can enjoy some more of his signature action from the safety and comfort of home when Top Gun 2 hits Paramount+ on December 22, 2022.

Earlier, Tom gave a message to his fans in the middle of a daring stunt on December 18, 2022.

The actor, 60, posted a video clip from his Twitter handle from the set of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning in South Africa to express his gratitude for his fans’ support and wish them happy holidays while showing off his skydiving skills, via People Magazine.

“Hey everyone,” Cruise began the video. “Here we are over stunning South Africa, where we’re filming Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning parts one and two. And I didn’t want the year to end without thanking you all for coming out to the theatres and thank you for supporting Top Gun: Maverick.

The camera then panned to Top Gun: Maverick screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie who playfully reminded Cruise that they had a shot to film so he should keep his speech short. “Listen, we really gotta roll, we gotta get the shot,” McQuarrie, 54, said.

Cruise then jumped and began freefalling. “Where was I?” he asked nonchalantly.

“Oh yeah. Thank you for supporting Top Gun: Maverick, and thank you for allowing us to entertain you. It truly is the honour of a lifetime.”

As he continued to fall, he added, “I’m running out of altitude, so I have to get back to work. We have to get this shot. You have a very safe and happy holiday; we’ll see you at the movies.”

Cruise then goes on to take a dive as the camera cuts at a dramatic shot.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1, the franchise’s seventh installment, is scheduled for release in July 2023.

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