During the night the director and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie appeared on Twitter to announce that Shea Whigham has joined the cast of Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8, new chapters of the saga with Tom Cruise that will be shot back-to-back.
Precisely because of the fact that for the two films it seems that only one product has been staged, it is not clear at the moment in which of the two chapters of the franchise Whigham will appear, or if he was hired to work in both: the McQuarrie post, which you can find at the bottom of the article, would presuppose a double engagement.
Do you think the actor will play the new villain or was he chosen to join Ethan Hunt’s team? We’ll see.
Recall that, recently, the stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff have also been added to the evergreen Tom Cruise and the co-protagonist Rebecca Ferguson, and that both will participate in both the seventh and the eighth episode of the saga. Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames will also return.
Mission: Impossible 7 will arrive on July 23, 2021, while the release date of its sequel has already been set for July 2022. McQuarrie has already directed the two previous chapters of the franchise, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible – Fallout; the details on the plots (or the plot) of the next two episodes are unknown, even if McQuarrie himself has hinted in the past that the films would represent a single film divided into two parts.
— Christopher McQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) December 20, 2019