It appears that a huge day of filming for Tom Cruise just occured on the set of Mission Impossible 7 and 8 in Abu Dhabi.
Director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been posting pictures from the emirate since January 21, put up the most interesting yet, a picture from behind a monitor on the back of a private jet, making it clear he was filming from the skies.
A figure with similar hair sits in the cockpit that could be Cruise himself, but it’s hard to tell for sure. Cruise was only photographed in the UAE on one occasion this trip, posing with his friend Ahmad Al Shaikh and Al Shaikh’s friends and family at his private residence. Those posts have since been deleted.
Nick Degan, credited on IMDb as the assistant to the film’s producer Jake Myers and First Assistant Director Tommy Gormley, implied he was also part of the plane stunt’s filming and indicated it was a very big deal indeed, commenting “What a day my friend…..” on McQuarrie’s post, to which McQuarrie responded, “a feather in your cap, Nick.”
McQuarrie and Cruise have made a habit of doing their biggest airplane stunts in the UAE’s capital. For a key sequence in Mission Impossible: Fallout, the last in the franchise, the two filmed a breathtaking skydiving stunt from Abu Dhabi’s skies.
Cruise is well known for doing his own stunts, breaking his ankle in the Fallout filming jumping from one roof to another in London.
McQuarrie posted a photo of a door hours later that read “Beware of Blast”, crediting the Instagram user @pilothouse, an account owned by writer Erik Jendresen, who is best known for being one of the producers and writers on HBO’s much-beloved miniseries Band of Brothers. Jendresen isn’t attached to the project publicly, but in past interviews, McQuarrie has indicated that Jendresen is a close friend and the first person who he has read anything he writes.
Fallout’s villain Henry Cavill, who currently stars in Netflix‘s The Witcher, commented on the post, “Fitting to say ‘Don’t have a blast’ at this juncture…..or maybe do?”
“In this case, a bit of both,” McQuarrie responded, indicating that an action scene involving a major explosion was occuring in the emirate.