Nicholas Hoult joins ‘Mission: Impossible’ sequel

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British actor Nicholas Hoult is jumping into action to face off with Tom Cruise in the next Mission: Impossible movie.

Director Christopher McQuarrie announced the casting news on social media on Thursday, and reports suggest Hoult will be playing a villain.

“Say, Nicholas Holt, care to raise a little hell?,” the director asked. The X-Men: Apocalypse star replied, “Love to. Though why stop at a little?”

Cruise will return as secret agent Ethan Hunt, with actresses Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff also featuring in the seventh instalment of Mission: Impossible, which is set for release in July 2021.

The next two films in the franchise, which McQuarrie will write and direct, will actually be shot back-to-back, with the eighth movie scheduled to launch in August, 2022.

Hoult’s casting comes after he lost out on the chance to star alongside Cruise in the Top Gun sequel.

Miles Teller landed the role of the Hollywood legend’s onscreen sidekick in Top Gun: Maverick, but according to Variety, Cruise remained a big fan of the 30 year old, leading Hoult to be offered the new gig in the forthcoming Mission: Impossible project.

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