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Tom Cruise jumped from 25,000 feet for new Mission: Impossible - Fallout stunt

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Mar 26, 2018, 2:13 PM EDT

Ethan Hunt is once again putting his own life at risk in Mission: Impossible - Fallout with a brand-new (not to mention insane) stunt. Each film is known for one or two daring set pieces that make you clutch your theater armrest in fear and exhilaration. Last month, it came to light that the film's star, Tom Cruise, spent 2,000 hours becoming an actual helicopter pilot so as not to cheat the audience. But that, as it turns out, was just the tip of the Impossible iceberg. 

In an Instagram post, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie shared the production's final shot and they definitely saved the most dangerous feat for last. This stunt involves Cruise's Hunt jumping out of a plane from 25,000 feet at 200 miles per hour. Since they were shooting at dusk, they only have three minutes of light to get the shot and therefore, can only try it once a day. For context on just how high 25,000 feet is, William Shatner encountered the Twilight Zone's gremlin at a mere 20,000 feet. In a more real-world comparison, the average skydiving plane will only go up to around 12,500 feet. 

At such a crazy-high altitude, there's barely any oxygen — if any at all. So, Cruise had to wear a proto-spacesuit to make sure he could breathe during the jump. It only makes sense that he'd leap out of a moving plane in the air during this movie because he held onto a plane taking off at the beginning of the last film, Rogue Nation. You can say the Mission: Impossible movies are poetic and cyclical (go ahead, dig for something deep there).   

In addition, the movie will juggle a ton of characters. Most of them old faces like Simon Pegg's Benji Dunn, Vinge Rhames' Luther Stickell, and Rebecca Ferguson's Ilsa Faust, but some are new such as CIA members August Walker (Henry Cavill) and Angela Bassett, whose character's name has not been revealed yet. 

Mission: Impossible - Fallout jumps into theaters July 27. McQuarrie is the first filmmaker in the franchise's history to return to the director's chair for a second movie.