Tom Cruise had been due to return as Ethan Hunt this Christmas
Paramount has moved forward the release date of Mission: Impossible 5 to summer 2015.
The fifth instalment had been scheduled to open on Christmas Day in the US and Boxing Day in the UK, but will now arrive around five months earlier on July 31, 2015. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the shift forward was partly motivated by stiff box office competition towards the end of the year from new Bond film Spectre, out November 6, and JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, due on December 18.
Mission: Impossible 5 has been directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who previously worked with franchise star Tom Cruise on 2012’s Jack Reacher. The script was written by Iron Man 3‘s Drew Pearce and newcomer Will Staples. JJ Abrams served as one of the film’s producers.
Cruise heads up a cast that also includes Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, 24 Hour Party People‘s Sean Harris and up-and-coming Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson.
The franchise’s previous instalment, 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol became the most successful yet after raking in nearly $700 million (£465 million) at the box office worldwide.