Mission: Impossible’s newest recruit, Shea Whigham, has revealed her role in the upcoming seventh film, which is currently slated for release next summer.
It’s been a tough journey to the screen for Tom Cruise’s recently subtitled action flick Dead Reckoning Part 1, as production costs have skyrocketed largely due to pandemic-related setbacks.
Nonetheless, Gaslit star Whigham is confident the investment will be worth it for the cinematic experience, describing the feature as simply “incredible” in a recent interview with RadioTimes.com.
He also revealed the name of his previously undisclosed role and hinted at exactly what he’ll be doing in the final two installments of the long-running franchise.
“I saw a little seven, [director Christopher] McQuarrie showed me some of that, and it’s something incredible,” Whigham said. “What I saw was incredible. It’s not just a great action movie, it’s also character driven and so they gave me a character, Jasper Briggs…
“You’ll see in sevens and eights why I’m trying to follow Ethan Hunt. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever had the chance to be a part of.”
Jasper Briggs’ name may be a reference to IMF agent Dan Briggs, who was the main character in the first season of the 1960s television series Mission: Impossible, on which Cruise’s blockbusters are based.
In the original show, Briggs was known for his leadership role, coordinating several missions for the IMF team, while he also had something of a dark streak as he was often willing to kill to achieve his goals.
Whether any of these traits will transfer to Jasper’s character remains to be seen, but one would assume he has some connection to Ethan (Cruise), as he follows him around the world.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 sees the return of Cruise and his co-stars Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Vanessa Kirby, as well as the addition of Marvel stars Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff.
Mission: Impossible 7 is set for a theatrical release on Friday, July 14, 2023. Check out more of our cinematic coverage or visit our TV guide to see what’s on tonight.
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