We have new character details on multiple characters from the upcoming Mission Impossible 7 & 8.

The production of Mission Impossible 7 is facing a global crisis in real life, with the troubling spread of the Coronavirus continuing. It was announced that the entire film shoot was put on hold due to fears of the growing pandemic, given the 400 cases and counting in Italy, where the filming is taking place.

This news led us to sniff out what else we could learn about the upcoming blockbusters, which have Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie returning to both write and direct the next two installments. Series stars Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg will be returning to fray, while Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), and Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2) are also set to join the action.

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Our curiosity about the overall production led us to some interesting character clues into the next installments. During the casting phase, the production was looking to fill major roles for both Mission Impossible 7 & 8, simultaneously. Klementieff and Atwell are set to appear in both chapters, along with the Rollin Hand character.

Putting Together The Casting Puzzle of Mission Impossible 7

The production conducted a casting search for the Rollin Hand role, specifying a male actor in the 50s to late 70s age range. The character was prominent in the first three seasons of the original television series and was played by Martin Landau. Hand is an iconic former IMF agent who has still maintained his athleticism and is intended to appear at least 20 years older than the eternally youthful Ethan Hunt.

He will also be flanked by two younger upstarts, Lambert and Paris. Early reports had tagged the Hand character as the lead villain role of the film – previously rumored to be Hoult’s role – however, that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, the casting of Shea Whigham seems to be a much more natural fit for the role.

Mission Impossible 7 in Production

There is a lead villain slated for the Mission Impossible 7, though we have been unable to secure the name. However, we do know that during the casting process, they were searching for a male in the 35 to 45-year old age range, which seemingly confirms speculation that Hoult is the big bad, or at least the mastermind behind the hijinks of the upcoming sequel. This character is slated to appear in both upcoming films.

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Atwell’s character’s name is Lambert, and she is one of Rollin Hand’s mentees. Lambert is described as tenacious and a bit of a bruiser. Characteristics that Atwell has the proven ability to embody, particularly as her turn as another super spy, Agent Peggy Carter, in Captain America: The First Avenger.

Paris is the coeval to Lambert and is intended to have leading man qualities. He is described as unlawful and possessing rare abilities. It’s unclear who has been cast in this role, but it appears to be the type of character that could jumpstart a career.

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Unfortunately, we were unable to confirm the return of Ving Rhames’ Luthor definitively, despite the public assumption that he will be back. And as previously reported, Klementieff will be a henchmen providing support to the main villain. Might we end up seeing Agent Carter and Mantis square off? It sure feels like that’s a possibility.

It’s unclear how the recent stop of the production will affect filming on Mission Impossible 8, if at all. The eighth installment has been slated to begin in the summer of 2021 and last through the end of that calendar year.

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Mission Impossible 7 is slated to premiere on July 23, 2021. What do you think of the direction of the sequel? Do you have any idea what the story could be? What stunts do you think that they have planned for Tom Cruise? Let’s talk about it in the comment section and on our social media.