Filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie continues to round out his cast for his pair of upcoming Mission: Impossible movies. Actor Nicholas Hoult has signed up for the franchise, McQuarrie revealed on Instagram, writing “care to raise a little hell?” Hoult responded, “Though why stop at a little?”
Hoult has plenty of genre movie experience, having 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 months after coming in as runner up to play the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.
Hoult, who sources say will be playing the villain, joins a cast that includes Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Shea Whigham, and Guardians of the Galaxy star Pom Klementieff.
Paramount and Skydance have dated the next Mission: Impossible film for July 23, 2021, while the eighth installment will be released on Aug. 5, 2022.