Simon Pegg describes Mission: Impossible 8 as an ‘incredible spectacle’ as he wraps filming

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6 Jul 2024, 09:50

Simon Pegg, Simon in Mission: Impossible

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Simon Pegg has said a fond farewell to the cast and crew of Mission: Impossible 8 as his filming for the next Tom Cruise adventure comes to a close. 

The upcoming Mission: Impossible flick - which is yet to have an official name following Dead Reckoning’s update - had its release date pushed back due to the Hollywood strikes last year, and was originally meant to be in cinemas this month. 

Instead, Simon, who has starred as Benji Dunn since 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, took to Instagram Stories to give an update to fans, and teased the lofty heights the next M:I film is set to reach. 



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In a video taken seemingly from his trailer on set, Simon revealed: "I’ve just wrapped my last day on Mission: Impossible, and said a farewell to everybody.”

Discussing the massive delays, the Hot Fuzz actor continued: “We started shooting the first part of this story in September 2020 and here we are in July 2024. What a journey it’s been, and what a f****** incredible spectacle this next film is going to be. 

“I’m so excited for you to see it. Till then, Benji Dunn, signing off,” he concluded. 

It’s been a long road to get the last couple of Mission: Impossible movies off the ground, with Dead Reckoning: Part One (as it was previously known) famously filming throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and only being released in June 2023. 

The Hollywood strikes continued to play havoc on Cruise’s scheduling, and also caused a shift in marketing too, with Dead Reckoning: Part One dropping the ‘Part One’ after landing on streaming services. 

It is not believed that the name change reflects any changes to plans and the eighth film will still be a direct sequel to the seventh Mission: Impossible film’s story.

As well as Pegg and Cruise back for another adrenaline-pumping adventure, the likes of Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Kirby, Esai Morales, Shea Whigham, Greg Tarzan Davis, Mariela Garriga and Mark Gatiss are also expected to return after their parts in Dead Reckoning.

Joining the cast for the next film are Hannah Waddingham, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Janet McTeer, Katy O’Brian and Tramell Tillman.

While Jeremy Renner recently spoke up about being open to return to his role in the franchise, it’s not believed that the William Brandt actor will be making an appearance in Mission: Impossible 8.

Mission: Impossible 8 is slated to be released on the 23rd May 2025.