Mindhunter’s Holt McCallany Joins Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 8

Veteran actor Holt McCallany will play a key role in Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two. The eighth film of the long-running action movie series featuring Tom Cruise as superspy Ethan Hunt, the upcoming film is currently in the works at Paramount with plans for a theatrical release in 2024 following next year’s release of Dead Reckoning Part One. Per Deadline, McCallany makes his debut in the franchise with his casting as Secretary of Defense Bernstein.

McCallany has garnered great acclaim for his role in the popular Netflix series Mindhunter, which ran for two seasons. In recent years, the actor has also appeared in movies like Wrath of Man, The Ice Road, and Nightmare Alley. He can be recognized by fans from his many movie and TV roles over the years, with horror fans especially fond of his memorable role as a villain in 1987’s Creepshow 2.


With his casting in Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two, McCallany joins Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, Pom Klementieff, Cary Elwes, and Esai Morales.

Tom Cruise Returns as Ethan Hunt

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The two-part Dead Reckoning films are intended to close out the main installments of the Mission: Impossible movie series. Given the continued popularity of the franchise, along with the recent success of another Tom Cruise-led sequel in Top Gun: Maverick, there’s a good chance these movies will be big successes at the box office. A teaser trailer for Part One was released in May.

Production on Part One hasn’t gone without its problems, especially with the pandemic affecting filming. As Cary Elwes revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that director Christopher McQuarrie had even had to do some of his directing at home. With that said, Elwes also teased that this will be the biggest Mission: Impossible yet, which could explain why it will need to be a two-parter.

“I don’t think I am saying anything new when I say that the production had some difficulties and they had to shut down,” Elwes said. “So Chris McQuarrie had to direct from his computer at home because he had been contact-traced. And that is a testament to how brilliant he is, that he was able to do it. He said, ‘Look, I never want to do it again’ — but he managed it. We got it done. And it is going to be the biggest Mission of them all, there is no question about it. No question.”

Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part One is scheduled to be released in theaters by Paramount Pictures on July 14, 2023, followed by the release of Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part Two on June 28, 2024.