Mission Impossible 7 has a title, and there’s even a trailer. The seventh film in the long-running spy series will be titled Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning – Part 1. The announcement was made during Paramount’s CinemaCon event on Thursday (April 28), courtesy of a report from Deadline. 

Cruise was unable to attend the event in person, instead opting to send a video message (the only way he knows how), standing on a biplane high above South Africa. “Sorry for the extra noise, as you can see, we are filming the latest installment of Mission: Impossible… Making this film for the big screen in your wonderful theaters.” Cruise says. 

He confirmed that at the time of recording, filming was underway. Plus, moments later, director Christopher McQuarrie, who has worked on the series since Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, appeared in the footage from another trailer, preparing to shoot a sequence.

The trailer premiered at CinemaCon establishes the return of Eugene Kittridge, the former director of the Impossible Mission Force, played by Henry Czerny from the first film in 1996. 

Kittridge gives Cruise’s Ethan Hunt a cool, sobering speech, ordering the agent to pick a side. “You’ve been fighting to save an ideal that doesn’t exist, never did.” says Kittridge. While the story remains tightly under wraps, it appears the IMF will chart the world once again. The trailer reveals Cruise in the desert and shots of Venice and the Vatican. 

Flickluster previously reported that Mission Impossible 7 would feature one of Cruise’s most ambitious (not to mention dangerous) stunts. It involved Cruise riding a motorcycle at high speed off a ramp.

Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning – Part 1 will star Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Henry Czerny, Esai Morales, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, and Shea Whigham.

Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning – Part 1 will be released on Friday 14th July 2023, before Mission Impossible 8, perhaps known as Dead Reckoning – Part 2, will hit cinemas on Friday 28th June 2024.