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Henry Cavill and Alec Baldwin could return for Mission Impossible sequels: report

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Jan 19, 2019, 10:55 AM EST

Now this seems impossible. Christopher McQuarrie isn't only taking on the task of making two Mission Impossible movies back-to-back, he's also toying with the idea of bringing two characters back from the dead… sort of.

According to The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision, McQuarrie is said to be considering including Henry Cavill's John Walker and Alec Baldwin's IMF boss Alan Hunley in the two upcoming projects. But with both characters being killed off in last year's Mission: Impossible – Fallout, they'll be appearing via flashbacks.

The report notes that production is still in early stages, with scripts yet to be written so things might change, though fans of Fallout’s thrilling ending will surely be rooting for this to happen. Tensions between Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hawke and Cavill’s duplicitous John Walker made for some great on-screen chemistry in the movie, leading up to the two spies battling it out on a sheer cliff in that spectacular final fight scene.

It would certainly be interesting to learn more about Walker’s background before he became a treacherous villain, though more curious, is McQuarrie has planned in terms of Baldwin’s IMF secretary Alan Hunley. McQuarrie, a writer/director double threat, helmed the last two installments of the franchise, Rogue Nation (2015) and Fallout (2018), the only filmmaker in over 20 years to make more than one of the films in the franchise.

Both projects will be shot back to back, with the first one opening in the summer of 2021 and the second debuting the following summer. Initial reports suggested that production on the seventh installment could begin as early as this year, once McQuarrie finds a suitable script.

The director addressed his major deal earlier this week, tweeting: "Missions: Accepted #MissionImpossible." Cruise, also weighed in with a tweet that reads: "Summer 2021 and Summer 2022."

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