Tom Cruise was taken out of action during the filming of Mission Impossible 6 last month, but he said in a new interview this week that he’s almost ready to get back to work.
While speaking with Extra recently, Cruise confirmed that he’s doing well and will be getting back into character as Ethan Hunt soon.
“I’m doing good,” he said. “We’re going to start shooting in a couple of weeks.”
From the sound of it, Cruise’s recovery took about as long as was expected, as last month Variety reported that the actor’s injury would likely delay production two months. While production was originally expected to wrap in October, it will now reportedly not wrap until December. Director Christopher McQuarrie told Empire that the movie had seven or eight weeks of principal photograph left when Cruise broke his ankle.
Cruise broke his ankle while performing a Mission Impossible 6 stunt back in August. As seen in a video published by TMZ, the stunt involved jumping across a rooftop, and Cruise apparently landed the wrong way and broke his ankle.
Mission Impossible 6 is currently scheduled to open in July 2018. When Cruise was injured, there was some question as to whether the film could still meet this release date, but Christopher McQuarrie told Empire that they would be fine and that he was planning to move some post-production work ahead during Cruise’s hiatus.
“…[W]hat we’ll do is once we’ve shot through that we’ll go on a hiatus and then I’ll shift my attention over to editorial,” he said. “We’ve already shot a huge chunk of the movie so you’re just taking a big chunk of post-production and moving it up sooner…Nothing that we’re looking at right now is going to affect the release date.”
McQuarrie also said in that interview that Cruise’s injury could have been a lot worse and that he really wasn’t too concerned about it. It sounds like Cruise stayed in character until the cameras were done rolling, so that take of him legitimately breaking his ankle will probably wind up in the movie.
While speaking to Extra this week, Cruise didn’t seem to want to get into details about the injury, but he promised that he’ll do so during the press tour for Mission Impossible 6.
“I promise you, we’ll go through details in a few months when we talk about Mission,” he said. “I will show you the footage. We’ll go over X-rays. I will show you, like, slow motion.”