ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Hollywood action superstar Tom Cruise rolled out the red carpet Monday in Abu Dhabi for “Mission: Impossible: Aviation Bit speculates about the Middle East premiere of the first film.
At the Emirates Palace Hotel in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Cruise met a group of eager fans and movie buffs eager to catch a glimpse of the star.
Dressed in a tailored tuxedo and wearing his signature smile, Cruise seemed moved by the warm reception, pausing to chat with many of the attendees. The lively atmosphere of the night was interrupted by the theme of Mission: Impossible, whose familiar chords added a layer of cinematic nostalgia to the night.
“I’m a cinephile, and I love cinema and the history of cinema and the evolution of this art form,” Cruise told The Associated Press on the red carpet. “I don’t know if the audience will accept (the first Mission: Impossible movie), it’s the first movie I’ve ever made, and I’m doing it because I want to challenge myself in a lot of ways as an actor, as a producer, as a A storyteller.”
“Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1,” the seventh installment in the $3.5 billion blockbuster franchise, features action-packed action sequences and daring stunts performed by 60-year-old Cruise himself and famous.
“We had a lot of fun in these moments,” Cruise said.
The Mission: Impossible series follows the globe-trotting adventures of Ethan Hunt, a special agent of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), conducting high-stakes covert operations. Imagine a hunt of heart-pounding action, intricate gadgets and Cruise performing deadly stunts at every turn.
Fitting with the current theme, Hunt and his IMF team are tasked with tracking down a powerful new artificial intelligence weapon in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1. Scenes include parachuting off a cliff on a motorcycle, throwing a steam train off an exploding bridge, and drifting a yellow Fiat 500 through the winding streets of Rome.
In homage to the local setting, the film incorporates several action scenes from Abu Dhabi. Liwa’s desert landscape, known as “the open place,” sets the stage for intense horseback chases and gunfights. In another scene, Cruise runs across the dune-shaped roof of Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new midfield terminal.
“When you see us shooting a scene in Abu Dhabi, it’s about that culture, about that country, and that’s why we keep coming back here,” said Christopher McQuarrie, his third Returns to the spy franchise as a high-octane director.
McQuarrie joined Cruise on the red carpet, along with other new and returning cast members of “Mission: Impossible.” Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff make their series debuts, while Simon Pegg reprises his role as Benji Dunn, a character known for injecting comedy into some of the series’ most tense scenes.
“When you’re making a high-tension movie, you need to inject some tension every now and then to make it more interesting,” Pegg said.
The franchise’s production company, Paramount Pictures, and Skydance have pushed back the film’s release date from September 2022 to July 2023 due to delays caused by the pandemic. In a leaked set video, Cruise swears at co-workers after spotting them. The crew failed to follow social distancing rules. The star expressed his concern over the potential fallout, which would include shutting down production and endangering the then-struggling film industry and the jobs it supported.
“We just have to write the rulebook on how to make a movie during a pandemic,” Pegg said. “Making sure everything is super safe, which is in some ways the biggest challenge Tom has, is getting all of us to Feeling safe and secure, somehow we all get by.”
Cruise has been praised by many for his role in reviving Hollywood after it ground to a halt due to the pandemic. The recognition comes on the heels of his blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick, which not only marked Cruise’s first $100 million-grossing debut, but also marked the blockbuster’s return to theaters as the biggest hit since the pandemic hit. Important movie premieres.
Abu Dhabi is the third premiere location for “Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1,” with the red carpet previously rolled out at Rome’s Spanish Steps and London’s Leicester Square. The movie opens in US theaters on July 12.