New Mission: Impossible 7 footage revealed – and Tom Cruise says one stunt is his "most dangerous" ever

Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Fallout
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Tom Cruise has said a new stunt in Mission: Impossible 7 is his riskiest yet.

"This is far and away the most dangerous thing I've attempted; we've been working on this for years," the actor said in a behind-the-scenes video revealed at CinemaCon (H/T Deadline (opens in new tab)).

The stunt sees Cruise race down a ramp that sends him off a cliff, and while airborne, he loses the bike and free-falls before his parachute opens. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Aaron Crouch (opens in new tab), "Cruise trained for a year doing 500 skydives and 13,000 motorbike jumps. They captured this on day one of principal photography. Genuinely scary watching him do this."

"I wanted to do it since I was a little kid," Cruise said, adding: "I had to get so good at this so there's no way I miss my mark."

"My heart is racing at the thought of the stunt Tom Cruise is doing in #MissionImpossible7," wrote TheWrap's Beatrice Verhoeven (opens in new tab). "13,000 motor cross jumps, one year of base jump training, lots of skydiving. He's driving off a ramp on a motorcycle, off a cliff, which will then turn into a base jump. #CinemaCon"

Cruise has garnered a reputation for performing his own incredible stunts, but none have ever been quite on this scale.

Footage from the movie was also unveiled at CinemaCon, which Screen Rant (opens in new tab) reports included a look at Henry Czerny as a gasmask-wearing Kittridge in his first appearance since 1996's Mission: Impossible. The clips also showed Cary Elwes in an office, and Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell on a train together. Atwell's character's clothes catch fire, which Cruise's Ethan attempts to put out. There's also a look at a shoot-out in a desert, and a glimpse of Esai Morales, apparently as the film's villain.

As for Mission: Impossible 8, expect that to be even bigger. "The only thing that scares me more is what we’ve got planned for Mission 8," director Christopher McQuarrie said.

Mission: Impossible 7 will release this May 27, 2022. Until then, check out our guide to all of 2021's upcoming movie release dates.

Molly Edwards
Entertainment Writer

I'm an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for the site's Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after graduating with a BA in English.