Jun 13, 2017

Michelle Monaghan Joins MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6

This weekend, Mission: Impossible 6 director Christopher McQuarrie posted portraits of some of the film's stars on his Instragram account. Today he's added two more, and used the social media platform to reveal that Rebecca Ferguson (who previously co-starred in McQuarrie's 2015 Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) won't be the only actress returning from a previous franchise installment in the new movie. Michelle Monaghan (The Bourne Supremacy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), who played the female lead in J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible III (2006) and returned for a cameo in Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) will once again reprise her role as Julia, Ethan Hunt's (Tom Cruise) estranged wife. Ethan and Julia tried to settle down into blissful domestic life in M:i:III, which aimed to tell a more personal Mission: Impossible story. Their bliss was naturally short-lived, however, and she was kidnapped by Phillip Seymour Hoffman's villain to use as leverage against the adrenaline-fueled superspy. In Ghost Protocol we learned that Hunt still cared for her, and after faking her death had set her up in a new life without him... though he still (apparently) liked to kind of creepily spy on her from time to time to make sure she was safe. Since McQuarrie has stated that he intends to make Mission: Impossible 6 a more personal story once again, it makes sense that Mrs. Hunt would return in some capacity. Just what that capacity is remains a mystery. Will she have a starring role, or just another cameo? Will she appear in the present, or in a flashback sequence? We don't know. But it's apparent that at least some of her scenes will be shot in New Zealand, where production is currently underway and where McQuarrie snapped this beautiful portrait of the actress. He also posted what amounts to our first look at Simon Pegg on set of this entry. Pegg returns for his fourth go-round as IMF agent Benj Dunn. Mission: Impossible 6 also stars Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Alec Baldwin, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett, and Ving Rhames, and opens next summer.

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Anonymous said...

Good to hear. Monaghan's career seems to have turned to dust in recent years, whereas she almost everywhere at one point.

Christopher said...

I often dread when a major character in an action francise experiences romantic bliss. The usual fate is death. It's usually the quickest (or laziest) way for writers to spark some new arc for the hero. Sometimes it works, other times it robs you of the time you emotionally invested in two characters. Franke Potente's death in The Bourne Supremacy is an example. Arguably, her death was necessary for Bourne to live on, but it still sucks that their bittersweet romance from The Bourne Identity was all for nothing.

Maybe the Bond series has it best. Have the man and woman mysterious break up between pictures.

Tanner said...

Man, I hated it when they killed off Marie in THE BOURNE SUPREMACY! PERHAPS her death was necessary for Movie Bourne to live, but I don't think it had to be that way. They should have turned to the book instead, where Marie being ALIVE is necessary for Bourne to live! Her kidnapping could have motivated the action as it did in the Ludlum book.