Esai Morales To Replace Nicholas Hoult In Villain Role For ‘Mission: Impossible 7’

Esai Morales

EXCLUSIVE: When Mission: Impossible 7 starts production in late summer or early fall, I expect that you will see that Esai Morales has joined the cast. In place of Nicholas Hoult, who was cast in a villain role earlier this year.

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The Paramount and Skydance co-production was close to starting production in Italy when the world shut down, and that included the Christopher McQuarrie-directed film which will see Tom Cruise reprise his Ethan Hunt spy character. The delay put Hoult in conflict with another commitment. This is going to happen often as films resume production with talent that has contracted out fall slots with other pictures, when there was no thought about a pandemic.

The picture was scheduled to be released on July 23, 2021 but that seems like a mission impossible because of COVID-19. The picture has been re-dated for November 19, 2021 to account for the delay. The entire franchise through six movies has amassed over $3.57 billion for Paramount.

Morales completed How to Get Away With Murder, and his credits include La Bamba, Ozark and Titans. He’s repped by Innovative, LINK, Vault Entertainment and Eric Feig.

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