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Paramount confirm Tom Cruise ankle break but Mission: Impossible 6 still on track

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Story by Jack Foley

TOM Cruise did suffer a broken ankle following an accident on the set of Mission: Impossible 6.

The extent of the injury was confirmed by Paramount as speculation mounted that shooting on the film has had to be suspended for weeks. The studio also confirmed that in spite of the injury, the release date for the film – July 27, 2018 – has not changed.

“Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone next summer,” Paramount said in a statement.

“During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery.”

The accident, which took place on the roof of Baynard House, an office block in the Blackfriars district of London, occurred on Saturday. Footage shows Cruise jumping between buildings and apparently falling short of his mark, smacking into one side hard and limping away afterwards.

But according to the film’s director, Christopher McQuarrie, the actor didn’t miss his mark, as was previously stated.

He maintains that Cruise was always supposed to hit the wall but, on the fourth take, hit it at a slightly different angle and broke his ankle.

McQuarrie further tweeted that “Tom is on the mend” and offered his own assurances that the film will meet its release date.

55-year-old Cruise has a history of performing his own stunts, especially when it comes to his beloved Mission: Impossible franchise. The opening sequence of the most recent film in the series, Rogue Nation, opened with the actor’s character, Ethan Hunt, walking across the wing of a plane and then grabbing onto one of its doors while it was taking off.

Mission: Impossible 6 brings back former M:I luminaries Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin and welcomes Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett to the ensemble.

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