Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is set to premiere in theaters next month after a lengthy production process that recently concluded. Despite facing challenges such as the pandemic and on-set issues, the anticipation among fans of the franchise remains high for Christopher McQuarrie’s take on the seventh installment, marking his third entry since the series began in 1996. Returning once again is Rebecca Ferguson, who will portray Ilsa Faust for the third time. In a recent interview with Town and Country, Ferguson revealed an interesting aspect of the Mission: Impossible films—working without scripts. This revelation comes at a time when reports indicate that the production of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two has halted due to a writers’ strike.
“We don’t really work with scripts,” Ferguson disclosed. “As someone who appreciates structure, I find it challenging, but it forces me to confront the fact that I have zero control. There is a method to the madness.” Speaking about the film, she added, “I can tell you that it is an explosive and dynamic film with incredible stunts that you’ve never seen before.”
The article also includes comments from Tom Cruise regarding his experience working with Ferguson. “Her elegance and intelligence leap off the screen. She reminded both [McQuarrie] and me of Ingrid Bergman,” Cruise shared. “When we met her, we knew we had found our Ilsa. Rebecca is immensely talented, and when she commits to something, she makes it happen.”
Regarding the possibility of an Ilsa Faust spinoff, Ferguson recently spoke to ComicBook.com, expressing her initial enthusiasm but later recognizing the strength of the team dynamic. “When I started Mission, I fell in love with Ilsa so much. I thought, ‘Yeah, f-ck yeah, she’d have a spinoff,'” Ferguson revealed. “And then gradually, I don’t know if I became humble or if I realized it has nothing to do with Ilsa, it actually is a team thing, it is Ilsa and Ethan and [Simon Pegg’s] Benji and — I was gonna say Ving [Rhames] — all of the characters together that makes it so good.” However, Ferguson acknowledged that if a Mission: Impossible spinoff centered around her character were to be developed, it would require the involvement of director Chris McQuarrie and producer Tom Cruise for it to truly succeed. She even playfully suggested that Cruise’s Ethan could make guest appearances in her hypothetical show. Ultimately, though, she believes that a spinoff is unnecessary as the series stands strong as a collective effort.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One sees Tom Cruise reprising his role as Ethan Hunt and reunites him with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie for another installment filled with death-defying stunts. The story follows Hunt and his allies Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) as they embark on a mission to locate a destructive new weapon capable of tearing the world apart. Joining the cast for this action-packed adventure are actors Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, and Esai Morales. The film serves as the beginning of the end for the Mission: Impossible franchise, which will conclude with Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is scheduled to hit theaters on July 12th.
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