Some surprising casting news has come about through a back and forth on Instagram.
“Had a thought. Curious if you’re interested in a role in the 6th installment of Mission: Impossible. No pressure.” That’s the message Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie, who’s returning at the helm of the franchise’s sixth film, aimed at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice actor Henry Cavill on Instagram.
It’s certainly an unorthodox way to break casting news relating to a franchise as big as this. It’s not exactly known what role that Cavill will be taking on, but whatever it is, it’s a role that will see him joining franchise star Tom Cruise, returning female lead Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer to the series, The Queen actress Vanessa Kirby. Regulars Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames are also expected to return.
Here’s the instagram exchange between McQuarrie unfolded. Kicking off with Cavill’s response…
Cavill: “How can I say no to a man with such perfect hair…”
McQuarrie: “excellent. Just a few caveats: must enjoy extreme heights, high speeds, motor vehicles of all varieties (especially aircraft), practical stunts, firearms, and sporadic exposition. All good?”
Cavill: “only if I get to fly for real.”
McQuarrie: “I do believe I specified practical stunts. You in?”
Cavill: “Oh ok…..I’m in!”
McQuarrie: “Outstanding. Welcome aboard. Your social media account will self destruct in 5 seconds.”
McQuarrie, whose directing credits include The Way of the Gun and Jack Reacher, will be directing Mission: Impossible 6 from his own screenplay. The film has been scheduled for US release on July 27, 2018.
Cavill will next be seen alongside Nicholas Hoult in the war drama Sand Castle, set to hit Netflix on April 21. He’ll also be reprising his role as Superman in Justice League, which will arrive in Australia on November 16 and opens in the US on November 17.