Tom Cruise rides an old time train engine in a new image from Mission: Impossible 7. A few months back, Cruise made waves when he was caught on tape threatening to fire crew members on his newest Mission: Impossible movie when they were found to have violated COVID protocols. Some were shocked by the tone of Cruise’s berating words, while others in the movie industry expressed agreement with the actor and producer’s over-the-top comments to irresponsible members of his crew.
Even if Cruise may have gotten carried away with his profanity-laced tirade, it’s easy to understand his irritation as Mission: Impossible 7 had at that point already experienced delays in filming due to COVID. Indeed, the movie was affected early on in the pandemic as COVID hit Italy, where much of the film’s primary action was set. Now however, Mission: Impossible 7's production is moving full steam ahead in England, as demonstrated by several recent leaks affording fans a peek at the behind-the-scenes action on the production. One recent leak even showed Cruise becoming a real life hero by rescuing a cameraman who had lost his footing on the side of a train during the execution of a stunt sequence featuring Cruise and co-star Haley Atwell.
Train stunts indeed seem to be central to the action in Mission: Impossible 7, as is teased in another new image released by Empire magazine. In the shot, Cruise is seen dressed in a suit clinging to the side of an old train engine, looking ready to perform another one of his signature stunts.
The sight of Cruise hanging onto the side of some fast-moving vehicle or other has obviously become familiar over the course the Mission: Impossible movies. The original Mission: Impossible itself did include a train sequence, though that particular scene was not as realistic and dangerous-looking as future Cruise stunts. Indeed it wasn’t until later Mission: Impossible movies that Cruise really upped the ante on his death-defying feats, hanging off the side of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper for a scene in Ghost Protocol and riding the outside of an airplane for Rogue Nation. In Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Cruise famously jumped out of another plane at high altitude for one scene, and also famously became a certified helicopter stunt pilot in order to do his own flying during a thrilling chase sequence.
It appears Mission: Impossible 7 is actually putting away the planes and helicopters and instead focusing on more literally grounded stunts. Performing stunts on trains is of course dangerous in itself, and no doubt Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie have dreamed up lots of interesting and hazardous train-related predicaments for Ethan Hunt to get into and out of. Changing things up is of course important when it comes to keeping an action franchise going, and that appears to be exactly what Mission: Impossible 7 is doing as it embraces the old reliable locomotive as a means of making life difficult for the IMF crew. Buster Keaton would no doubt be proud.