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Mission Impossible 8 release date, cast, plot, and more news

Mission Impossible 7 left us on a literal cliffhanger, and we can't wait for the Mission Impossible 8 release date to see how Ethan Hunt gets out of this.

Mission Impossible 8 release date: Tom Cruise and Vanessa Kirby in Mission Impossible 7

What’s the Mission Impossible 8 release date? The stakes in Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning were so high that they couldn’t possibly be contained in one movie. So, we’re on tenterhooks to see how Ethan Hunt fares against his most complicated nemesis yet.

The first part of Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning left plenty of unanswered questions… What happened to Hunt and his crew? Who from the Mission Impossible cast is coming back? Well, here’s everything you need to know about the eighth installment of the best action movie franchise around.

What is the Mission Impossible 8 release date?

The Mission Impossible 8 release date is now Friday, May 23, 2025.

The date was originally Friday, June 28, 2024, but it was announced in October 2023 that it would be pushed back following Dead Reckoning’s underwhelming box office performance.

Okay, we won’t beat around the bush — this sucks. Part One left everything on a question mark, and we’ve been waiting for answers ever since. Now, we’ll have to wait a year longer. The only silver lining in all this is that the movie was shot in tandem with Part One, so we know the majority of the work is already done.

It was also announced that the title would be getting an update, which we sort of understand. Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part Two is a mouthful, to say the least. It also wouldn’t have helped box office potential by reminding people there’s a part 1 they might have skipped.

Mission Impossible 8 release date: Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Tom Cruise, and Rebecca Ferguson in Mission Impossible 7

Who’s in the Mission Impossible 8 cast?

The majority of the Mission Impossible 7 cast will return for the new movie, with Tom Cruise once again leading as Ethan Hunt.

He’ll be joined by the usual suspects: Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn and Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell. Sadly, since Ilsa Faust died in Dead Reckoning Part One, it’s unlikely we’ll see her return. That is, of course, unless she appears in flashback form, which is entirely possible.

Pom Klementieff’s Paris looked like she was a little worse for wear at the end of Part One, but it was said that she had a pulse, so it looks like she’s coming back!

MI:8 also sees some new faces (and old friends), with Mindhunter’s Holt McCallany joining as the new Secretary of Defence, and Rolf Saxon returning as William Donloe, who appeared in the first Mission Impossible movie as a CIA analyst.

Here’s the Mission Impossible 8 cast list:

  • Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt
  • Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell
  • Henry Czerny as Eugene Kittridge
  • Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn
  • Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust
  • Hayley Atwell as Grace
  • Vanessa Kirby as Alanna Mitsopolis
  • Esai Morales as Gabriel
  • Pom Klementieff as Paris
  • Shea Whigham as Jasper Briggs
  • Holt McCallany as Bernstein
  • Nick Offerman as Sydney
  • Greg Tarzan Davis as Degas
  • Mariela Garriga as Marie
  • Rolf Saxon as William Donloe

Mission Impossible 8 release date: Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell as Ethan and Grace in Mission Impossible 7

What is Mission Impossible 8 about?

Mission Impossible 8 will likely see Ethan and his team try to locate the destroyed Sevastopol submarine on which the source code for The Entity is located, so they can destroy it once and for all.

The Entity is something of a big deal in Dead Reckoning Part One, acting as the underlying antagonist of the movie and causing a worldwide race between nations to gain control of the sentient algorithm.

Last we saw Ethan, he had both halves of the key, and a seemingly dying Paris revealed to him what the key actually unlocked: the source code for The Entity.

This is the only way of taking control of and destroying the system, so it’s a pretty important piece of the puzzle. Now that Ethan knows where he has to go (a submarine at the bottom of the ocean — easy!), it looks like MI:8 will be a race between Hunt, Gabriel, and the other battling forces to reach the submarine first.

Since Ethan also suffered the loss of Ilsa, we’ll likely see the impact of his on his conscience, since protecting his team is one of his biggest driving motivations. We reckon that Grace will join his team for good, since she’s already proven herself as someone with useful skills such as sneaking around, thieving, and getting out of sticky situations.

Oh, and Ethan is presumably still being tracked down by the government, who are trying to capture him for (can you guess?) going rogue. He managed to escape at the end of Part One, just barely, so we foresee that these guys will be continuing after him with something of a vengeance.

Though to be honest, we think they’ll see the light and perhaps end up on his side once they work out that he’s probably the least evil person to back in this scenario.

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Is there a trailer for Mission Impossible 8?

A teaser will likely drop in mid-to-late 2024, with a full-length trailer likely coming in early 2025.

The first teaser for Part One was released in May 2022, a year before the actual release date. Then, we also got a more in-depth trailer in May 2023. We imagine the second movie will probably follow the same pattern. Although the release date has been pushed back, the footage is all there, so they could theoretically drop a trailer at any time!

We’ll keep you updated on any trailers that drop as and when. In the meantime, you can revisit one of the most incredible stunts from Dead Reckoning Part One with the below behind-the-scenes look, showing just how much Tom Cruise had to practice this truly bone-chilling sequence. If you can bear to look, that is.

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Where can I watch Mission Impossible 8?

Much like its first half, you’ll be able to watch Mission Impossible 8 in movie theaters the way God (Cruise) intended.

These movies are about as big as they come, so you’re probably going to want to watch this on the largest screen possible. Then, when the time comes, it’ll probably join the rest of the franchise on Paramount Plus.

That’s everything we know so far about the Mission Impossible 8 release date. For more, check out our Mission Impossible 7 review, the Mission Impossible movies in order, and our guide on everyone who dies in Mission Impossible 7.

You can also take a look at our interviews with Cary Elwes, Hayley Atwell, and Pom Klementieff and Vanessa Kirby about Dead Reckoning Part One. When you’re done, see our lists of the best movies of all time, the best Tom Cruise movies, and all the other new movies coming out soon.