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Paramount Moves 'Mission: Impossible 5' to July

Ethan Hunt's mission, should he decide to accept it, is starting almost five months earlier than originally planned.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have moved Mission: Impossible 5 from a Christmas release to July 31. The Hollywood Reporter points out that's the same weekend Disney and Marvel used last year to launch Guardians of the Galaxy, which established August can be a fertile window for films.

Of course, a July 31 premiere also moves MI5 well out of the path of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens on Dec. 18.

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, MI5 features returning stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, joined by the likes of Sean Ferris, Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin.

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