No one was surprised when a sixth Mission: Impossible movie was green lit. The last two movies have done a great job of reviving the series into something new and interesting. The thing that really made the series pop was the crew of supporting players that were backing Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt.
However, when the sixth movie got a 2018 release date and would be shooting during 2017, it turned out they would have to leave a supporting player behind. Due to scheduling conflicts, in this case filming two Avengers movies, Jeremy Renner's William Brandt will have to sit this mission out. During an interview with Collider they mentioned how bummed they were about it, and Renner replied:
"I love that character."
It's a character that Renner and Cruise both have a lot of attachment to, but Renner seems more than willing to come back should they decide to do another entry into the franchise:
"Yeah, I mean, the team was getting kind of solidified in the last two pictures and it's a character I love. It's a character that Tom loves as well. And it's just … It just didn't work out cause of scheduling of The Avengers and that's just too bad, but that's how it goes. And I think if they want to do another one in the future I think there's a high probability of it happening again, but who knows? Who knows?"
As for Mission: Impossible 6, the production is still chugging along. It recently became a point of contention with this movie, and reshoots for Justice League concerning a certain piece of facial hair.
Director Christopher McQuarrie has continued to keep his Instagram updated with pictures from the production and the cast. This time we have Alec Baldwin in the mix:
Mission: Impossible 6, directed by Christoper McQuarrie, stars Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby, Alec Baldwin, and Angela Bassett. We don't know anything about the plot yet, but it does have a release date of July 27th, 2018.