You probably know Hayley Atwell best for her role as Peggy Carter, both within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and on ABC’s Agent Carter. She also recently appeared in the incredibly okay Blinded by the Light. She must have missed the action, though, because she’s going back. And I don’t just mean her planned appearance in What If…?
What I mean is, filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the last two Mission: Impossible movies, announced on his Instagram Friday night that Atwell would be joining the franchise.
What Happened in the Last Mission: Impossible Movie?
2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout was the highest-grossing film in the series, taking in just under $800 million worldwide. It saw Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, and his Impossible Mission Force crew racing against time. Their particular impossible mission was to locate three missing plutonium cores. This task brings them into contact with some new faces, like CIA agent August Walker, played by Henry Cavill’s meaty forearms. (You may also know this role as “the reason why Superman‘s face looked weird in Justice League.”) In the course of the mission, IMF travels around the world and Hunt himself pulls off increasingly more bonkers stunts. So, you know, it was a Mission: Impossible movie.
What Can We Expect from the Next Mission: Impossible?
First of all, we can expect continuity. After shuffling directors for the first few outings in the franchise, Paramount (and Tom Cruise, who has a lot of say here) seem to like what they see with McQuarrie. He will return as both writer and director for the next two films in the franchise. Unsurprisingly, Tom Cruise is returning, and Rebecca Ferguson, who’s been playing Ilsa Faust since Rogue Nation, is also coming back. In addition, while neither Paramount nor McQuarrie has made an official announcement, it’s likely that we’ll see Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames again as well.
As for Hayley Atwell, nothing about her role has been confirmed at this point, so let’s speculate. The most boring possibility would be Underwritten Love Interest. The franchise seems to be tipping Ilsa Faust in that direction already, so Atwell is probably out of the running. I hope. On the other hand, a much more exciting idea would be to make her, if not a baddie, then someone who fights with Ethan. Atwell has obviously already proven she can pull off a fight scene, so it would work.
We’ll get to find out for ourselves on July 23, 2021, the movie’s expected release date. Will you be seeing it? Let me know, along with what kind of character you hope she’s playing.
Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.