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Mission: Impossible 5 moves forward to summer 2015

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Story by Jack Foley

THE release date of Mission: Impossible 5 has been moved forward to the summer of 2015 to avoid a clash with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The decision was taken by Paramount and Skydance Productions to release the film on July 31, 2015 instead of Christmas Day 2015.

The date marks the same weekend used to launch Guardians of the Galaxy last year, which eventually proved to be the highest grossing film of the year in the US.

In doing so, M:I5 – which sees Tom Cruise reprising his role as Ethan Hunt – will not only avoid Star Wars but also James Bond sequel Spectre, which opens on November 6.

Tom Cruise will be back in theaters as sooner than expected.

However, in its new release slot, the sequel will go up against the Point Break remake starring Gerard Butler, as well as Jake Gyllenhaal’s Southpaw in the US.

Christopher McQuarrie, who teamed with Cruise on Paramount’s Jack Reacher, is directing M:I5. As yet, no plot details have been revealed. But the film also stars Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg and Sean Harris.

The last film, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, was released in December 2011 and earned nearly $650 million globally, a franchise best.

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