Impossible 8 Could See Henry Cavill’s Villain Resurrected

Mission: Impossible 8 director Christopher McQuarrie has hinted at a possible resurrection for Henry Cavill‘s Mission: Impossible – Fallout villain, August Walker AKA John Lark (and his glorious moustache), in the upcoming action movie sequel. Despite Cavill’s burly CIA agent being seemingly very, very dead come the movie’s end, McQuarrie has now stated that there is “no such thing as death” in the Mission: Impossible movies, leaving the door ajar for Walker to, well, walk back into the franchise.

“I’m in the process of rewriting [Mission: Impossible 8] right now, this afternoon I could turn a page and any actor from the past could come back. There is no such thing as death in movies, only unavailability.”

Beginning Mission: Impossible – Fallout as an ally to Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, Henry Cavill’s Agent Walker is later revealed to be the extremist known as John Lark, setting the pair on a collision course. During the movie’s heart-racing finale, the two men do battle, which results in half of Cavill’s Hollywood handsome face being disfigured, and ultimately ends with them fighting on a cliff, with Hunt getting the upper hand and killing Walker by pulling the rope of a downed helicopter’s cargo hook, which crashes into Walker’s face (make no mistake, Cavill’s face take a real battering), causing Walker and the helicopter to fall off the cliff and plummet to the ground below.


Cavill does such a good job in the villainous role that fans of the Mission: Impossible series have been irked ever since that the character was killed off. No doubt many will be excited to hear that there is a possibility of Walker being revived somehow for Mission: Impossible 8, but after such a seemingly definitive death, Christopher McQuarrie will have his work cut out getting around the hook-to-the-face fatality. Did the moustache survive such an onslaught? Only time will tell.

Before tackling Mission: Impossible 8 however, audiences are still awaiting the arrival of Mission: Impossible 7. While plot details are being kept under wraps, and would no doubt self-destruct should you ever be privy to them, we do know that Christopher McQuarrie will once again write and direct the movie. McQuarrie has previously teased the theme that will run through not just sequel number 7, but the next two installments in the series, revealing that both Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 will bring Ethan Hunt’s story to an end, while also teasing that the sequels will take the intrepid secret agent back to the beginning, as well as provide a much more emotional journey for the seemingly indestructible action hero.

The movie will see the return of several familiar faces, including Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, and Vanessa Kirby while introducing plenty of new faces played by Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, Esai Morales, Rob Delaney, Charles Parnell, Indira Varma, Mark Gatiss, and Cary Elwes. Mission: Impossible 7 will also see the return of Henry Czerny, who will reprise the role of Eugene Kittridge, the former director of the IMF last seen in the very first Mission: Impossible outing.

Mission: Impossible 7 is scheduled for release in the United States on September 30, 2022 by Paramount Pictures, followed by a streaming release on Paramount+ in November 2022. Mission: Impossible 8 meanwhile is scheduled for a July 7, 2023 release. This comes to us courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.

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