Mission: Impossible - Fallout Wraps Filming With a Stunt From 25,000 Feet

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Although Mission: Impossible - Fallout officially wrapped production in later February, director Christopher McQuarrie, franchise star Tom Cruise and some of the crew had to return for one epic final shot.

Cruise has jumped across rooftops, raced on motorcycles, scaled buildings and, in photos shared by McQuarrie from the final scene filmed for Fallout, the action star leaped from a plane at 25,000 feet.

McQuarrie posted a photo to his Instagram page showing Cruise at the edge of the cargo hold, preparing to jump. As if jumping 25,000 feet weren't daunting enough, McQuarrie wanted the golden light only found at dusk, and pointed out they had three minutes to capture that.

Cruise also showed his version of this final moment filming the movie.

Debuting in February, the film's first trailer showed Cruise's Ethan Hunt engaging in hand to hand combat, flying off a motorcycle after crashing into a vehicle, and jumping onto — and dangling precariously from — a helicopter. Due to the film's intense stunt requirements, and Cruise's proclivity in performing them himself, the actor broke his ankle during production. He went through rehab to get back to filming but said he worked through a lot of pain finishing up the film.

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McQuarrie commemorated Fallout's completion with a post on Day 161 of filming. His ambiguous picture of the desert sun in the United Arab Emirates gives no sense of how the setting plays into the film, especially as there aren't any desert scenes in the film's first trailer. The film's synopsis describes Hunt and his IMF (Impossible Missions Force) team racing against time after a mission gone wrong. The trailer suggests the CIA is especially unhappy with Hunt and his crew, which continues the Mission: Impossible tradition of the IMF being possibly the most abused governmental agency ever depicted.

Christopher McQuarrie wrote and directed 2015’s Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which sees Cruise joined by franchise veterans Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell, and Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn. Angela Bassett, Henry Cavill and Vanessa Kirby join the cast. Mission: Impossible - Fallout debuts in theaters on July 27.

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