Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two adds mindhunter star Holt McCallany to his cast as Secretary of Defense Bernstein. After the franchise-best success of Mission: Impossible – Fallout in 2018, it was announced that lead actor Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie would return for two more films, reportedly slated to be Cruise’s spy franchise broadcast. Not much is known about the plot of the series’ endgame, other than what can be inferred from the first Mission: Impossible 7 trailer, which was released in May. That’s more than a year before the film’s release on July 14, 2023.
Except Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, Dead Reckoning part one will also see the return of franchise alums such as Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby and Henry Czerny as Eugene Kittridge, the former IMF executive who was last seen in the very first Mission Impossible movie. Franchise newcomers include Hayley Atwell of the MCU as Grace (who appears to be Ethan’s new love interest), OzarkEsai Morales as the primary antagonist, Boardwalk Empire‘s Shea Whigham as Jasper Briggs, and Guardians of the Universe star Pom Klementieff in an undisclosed role. All the aforementioned actors also return for Dead Reckoning part twoscheduled for June 28, 2024. Shooting for that episode began last spring.
utilities, Mission: Impossible 8 continues to round out its cast. Per Deadline, Dead Reckoning part two McCallany has officially added. The trade also reports that the mindhunter star will play Defense Secretary Bernstein in the film.
One of McCallany’s most memorable roles, gruff FBI Special Agent Bill Tench, came in the Emmy-nominated Netflix series mindhunter, describing the beginnings of behavioral science and criminal profiling in the intelligence service. In addition to television, McCallany had a small role in fight club as The Mechanic, played an uncredited burglar in Justice Leagueand also appeared opposite Cruise in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. As a potential franchisee, Dead Reckoning part two could be the biggest piece of exposure the veteran actor has had to date. Hopefully Bernstein becomes a character that McCallany can really sink his teeth into.
With so little information about Dead Reckoning part two‘s plot of whether McCallany’s character is available, it is difficult to speculate about the extent of his role. No United States Secretary of Defense has ever appeared in a Mission Impossible movie earlier. However, the role will likely be similar to that of Alec Baldwin’s IMF secretary Alan Hunley, and McCallany could even be a de facto replacement for Baldwin’s character, given their similar dispositions. Only time will tell if Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two goes deeper into production.
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- Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023)Release date: July 14, 2023
- Mission: Impossible 8 (2024)Release date: June 28, 2024
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