Watch Tom Cruise jump off a giant cliff on a motorbike for Mission: Impossible 7
Calm down, Tom. Seriously. You don't need to risk your life for every single film
Tom Cruise is 58 years old. That's not necessarily relevant to this story, but worth bearing in mind.
Mission: Impossible 7 director Christopher McQuarrie has shared an image on Instagram teasing what death-defying stunt Tom Cruise is going to do in the latest instalment in the franchise.
It is a giant ramp. Off the Helsetkopen mountain in Stranda, Norway. And Tom Cruise jumped off it on a motorbike.
Video of the stunt has also emerged online.
Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise are taking Mission: Impossible 7 to another level pic.twitter.com/eZaa5z8s5Y
— zach (@ZachMacieI) September 7, 2020
The video appears to show Cruise ride down the giant ramp on a motorbike and leap off, only to relase a parachute as his bike falls to the ground.
Norweigan news site NRK has more jaw-dropping videos and pictures.
Of course, Tom Cruise doing something ridiculous for our entertainment in a Mission: Impossible film is nothing new. In Mission: Impossible 2, he went free solo climbing at Utah's Dead Horse Point State Park, without a safety net.
Then, in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, he scaled the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world.
And in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, he hung out the side of a military plane as it took off and reached an altitude of 5,000 feet, without the use of a stunt double.
Finally, for Mission: Impossible Fallout, he became the first actor to do a High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) jump from 25,000 feet.
He also learnt to fly a helicopter for real for that film. No biggie.
Mission: Impossible 7 began filming in February, but like most big productions, it was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Production restarted again this month.
Joining Cruise in returning are Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby to reprise their previous roles in the franchise. New additions to the cast include Marvel stars Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff.