Filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie is on the search for the cast of his pair of upcoming Mission: Impossible movies. Actor Nicholas Hoult has signed up for the franchise, McQuarrie revealed on Instagram Thursday, writing "care to raise a little hell?" Hoult responded, "Though why stop at a little?"
Hoult, who believed to be playing the role of the antagonist, joins the cast that includes Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham and Guardians of the Galaxy actor Pom Klementieff.
Hoult has a ton of genre movie experience, he starred as Beast in four X-Men films as well as in 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road and the 2013 zombie romance movie Warm Bodies. He also played Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien in the biopic Tolkien last year, as well as in the 2018 awards contender The Favourite. He joins the Mission: Impossible franchise after coming in as runner up to play the Dark Knight in the Matt Reeves' directorial, The Batman.
McQuarrie will write and direct two more Mission: Impossible films after previously directing 2015's Rogue Nation and 2018's year's Fallout, which is the franchise's biggest movie to date with $791.1 million globally. Paramount and Skydance have scheduled the next Mission: Impossible film for 23rd July 2021, while the eighth installment will release on 5th August 2022.