With the IMF now disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, a new threat -- called the Syndicate -- soon emerges. The Syndicate is a network of highly skilled operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order via an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Faced with what may be the most impossible mission yet, Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a disavowed British agent who may or may not be a member of this deadly rogue nation.
Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames are the only actors to appear in all five films in the franchise.
Tom Cruise was attached to star as Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), but dropped out in order to do this film.
The film's producers originally wanted Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) director Brad Bird to return to helm the follow up film. Bird declined the offer in order to do Tomorrowland (2015). Christopher McQuarrie was then brought in by the film's producers under the franchise's leading man Tom Cruise's request for the director's job.
The lead role was offered to Jessica Chastain but she declined.
Tom Cruise preformed the sequence where Ethan Hunt climbs on the outside of a flying airplane without the use of special effects or a stunt double. At times he was suspended on the aircraft 5000 feet in the air (1.5 kilometers).
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) is being released in the same 2015 year as such other big spy espionage films as Spy (2015) Spectre (2015), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015).
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