Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission Impossible’ Moves to Morocco
Tom Cruise suits up for his next “Mission Impossible,” taking the next installment of the box office franchise to the streets of Morocco. Read on for further details.
After filming on location in Vienna, Austria, Tom Cruise is up to his next mission: to film “Mission: Impossible 5” in Morocco.
After losing production for the latest “Star Wars” installment, Morocco’s government is willing to cooperate with high-profile foreign productions. As such, the Moroccan National Highway Company announced that it will be closing the main road between Agadir and Casablanca for two weeks to accommodate filming of the fifth installment of Ethan Hunt’s adventure. Other filming locations in Morocco will include the following cities Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakesh and the capital of Rabat.
“Mission: Impossible” is an action spy film based on the television series of the same name, produced and starred by Tom Cruise as agent, Ethan Hunt. The first film received critical response and was a box office hit, grossing $75 million in its first six days. The film went on to make $180.9 million in North America and $276.7 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $457.6 million. With its commercial success, the film spawned three more sequels, “Mission: Impossible II, III and Ghost Protocol,” released in 2000, 2006 and 2011 respectively.
“Mission Impossible 5” is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and written by Drew Pearce and Will Staples. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions signed a deal with Tom Cruise to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt and produce, while Jeremy Renner is reported to return as William Brandt. Simon Pegg confirmed that he will reprise his role as Benji, while Ving Rhames was confirmed to be reprising his role as Luther Stickell. Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin will also join the cast.
Principal photography began in August 2014, set in Vienna, Austria. Later, Cruise and Ferguson were spotted during the filming of some stunt scenes from the rooftop of Vienna State Opera. Morocco has been a popular shooting location for Hollywood movies such as the 1962 classic “Lawrence of Arabia.” This year, Morocco is the shooting destination for films Tom Hanks’ “A Hologram for the King” and Nicole Kidman’s “Queen of the Desert.”
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