Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One: release date, reviews, trailer and everything we know about the Tom Cruise movie

Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One
Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One (Image credit: Paramount Pictures/Skydance)

Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt is back to save the world once again in Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One, the seventh entry in the long-running franchise. Mission: Impossible movies date back to 1996 and are defined by Cruise and the incredible stunts he performs — the wire hanging scene, climbing the Burj Khalifa, doing a HALO skydive and clinging to the outside of a plane as it takes off being some of the most memorable.

Even as Tom Cruise approaches 60, the Mission: Impossible movies seemingly get better as they go along. The last entry, Mission: Impossible Fallout, is the highest rated in the franchise on Rotten Tomatoes (97% "Fresh") and had the best box office of any of the previous movies ($791 million worldwide).

So how will Cruise raise the stakes in this new entry to the action franchise? Here's everything we know about Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One.

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One release date

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One officially arrives in movie theaters on Wednesday, July 12 in the US and two days earlier in the UK on July 10.

The release of the seventh Mission: Impossible movie is a long time coming. Mission: Impossible Fallout was released in 2018 and the hope was that the next movie would follow quickly on its heels with a July 2020 release. However, in the early days of the pandemic it was moved from that July 2020 date to December 2020, only for it to be moved again to November 19, 2021, then to May 27, 2022, and then again to Sept. 30, 2022, before it was finally shifted to its 2023 summer blockbuster date.

Part of the reason for the delays was the challenges of doing production during the pandemic. Production was shut down multiple times, first at the beginning of the pandemic and then again in 2021 when there were cases among the crew. At one point during production, Cruise was captured on audio criticizing crew members for not following COVID safety protocols.

With the new date for Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One, the shift impacts Mission: Impossible 8 (which is being filmed back-to-back with to movie number seven and will presumably be called Dead Reckoning Part Two), moving from its previous date of July 7, 2023 to June 28, 2024.

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One trailer

An all new trailer for Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One is now available, previewing two new big stunts in a franchise known for them and giving video games fans "Uncharted 2 vibes." Take a look right here:

You can also check out previously released trailer and teasers directly below:

While not a trailer, footage that was shown from the 2022 CinemaCon event has been shared online. In it Tom Cruise is standing on a biplane over a gorgeous backdrop. Is there anything this man won't do for a cool looking stunt?

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One plot

Even though we're just about four months away from the movie's release, there is almost no information on what the plot of Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One is going to be. But we can assume that Ethan Hunt and his IMF team will have to race against the clock to save the world from some kind of imminent destruction (after all, if it ain't broke).

While specific plot details are being kept secret, we have gotten some inklings on what stunts Tom Cruise will be performing for audiences’ enjoyment. A behind-the-scenes look at what Cruise and company have described as his most dangerous stunt came out in December 2022.

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One cast

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames in Mission: Impossible - Fallout (Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

Tom Cruise has been at the center of the Mission: Impossible franchise since the very beginning as IMF (Impossible Mission Force) agent Ethan Hunt. It has become one of the actor's most iconic roles in a career that also includes movies like Top Gun and Top Gun: Maverick), Risky Business and Jerry Maguire

While there were originally thoughts Cruise would hand the franchise off to Jeremy Renner after the latter was introduced in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Cruise remains a constant and the driving force behind the movies (Renner left the franchise after Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation). However, Mission: Impossible has built up a team to go along with Cruise over its last few movies.

The IMF team that supports Cruise's Ethan Hunt is led by Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell (around since Mission: Impossible), Simon Pegg's Benji Dunn (around since Mission: Impossible III) and Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust (around since Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation). 

There are also some tenuous allies from past movies that will be returning for Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One, including Vanessa Kirby's White Widow and Angela Bassett's Erika Sloane, both of whom debuted in Mission: Impossible Fallout. There's also Henry Czerny, who played Eugene Kittridge in the original Mission: Impossible.

Making their Mission: Impossible debuts with this seventh entry are going to be Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter, Captain America: The First Avenger), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Stranger Things), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Rob Delaney (Home Sweet Home Alone, Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones, Obi-Wan Kenobi), Charles Parnell (The Last Ship, Top Gun: Maverick), Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire, Perry Mason) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, The Favourite).

On March 10, director Christopher McQuarrie also announced via Instagram that Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham is joining the franchise in an unspecified role.

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One reviews

The reviews are in for Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One, and they are some of the best of the summer. In WTW's Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One review, our reviewed called it one of the most thrilling rides in the franchise.

Other critics were pretty laudatory as well, as the movie quickly became "Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes and as of July 5 has a 98% score.

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One director

Mission: Impossible went through four different directors with the first four movies of the franchise, including Brian De Palma, John Woo, JJ Abrams and Brad Bird. However, since Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, the franchise has been shepherded by Christopher McQuarrie, who is once again serving as director for Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One (and Mission: Impossible 8).

The Mission: Impossible movies have been McQuarrie's calling card as a director, though he had previously directed Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher (2012). Prior to taking over as a director, McQuarrie was best known as a writer, having penned The Usual Suspects and other Tom Cruise movies like Valkyrie, Jack Reacher and Edge of Tomorrow. McQuarrie has also written all of the Mission: Impossible movies that he has directed.

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One poster and photos

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Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.