When it comes to the “Mission: Impossible” franchise we’ve had four regulars really – Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames right from the beginning, and both Simon Pegg and Michelle Monaghan since the third.
The rest of the ‘team’ though are switched in and out with some being just one-offs like Paula Patton, Thandie Newton and Maggie Q. Others, however, have played twice now including almost all the ‘Rogue Nation’ major cast members and Jeremy Renner.
One of the most notable absentees from next week’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” however is Renner whose William Brandt character was expected to be a part of the action until the film headed toward production. Henry Cavill has been slotted into place instead, serving also as something of a wildcard and foil as a CIA agent named August Walker.
Talking about Renner’s absence, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie revealed to Digital Spy that it all came down to a matter of scheduling and Renner’s “Avengers” commitments prevented it from happening:
“At the time, when the movie started, we didn’t really have a screenplay, so it was very difficult for us to say who would be in the movie for how long and on what days, and he had a commitment to Marvel. So there was just simply no predicting.
If we had a finished script, we would have been able to say, ‘Yes, this will work and we can let you go for this time’, but there was just no predicting what those roles were going to turn out to be. It was just an unfortunate case of bad timing.”
That certainly doesn’t rule Renner out from future appearances, and the franchise has little problem bringing back familiar faces down the line. Check out some new featurettes from the film below, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” opens July 25th.