Regarded as a Hollywood icon, actor Tom Cruise is without a doubt not only one of the talented and respected actors in the industry but also one of the highest-grossing box-office stars of all time. With a track record of exceptional movies under his name, the actor indeed falls under the category of one of the highest-paid actors. Making his breakthrough with 1983’s Risky Business, Cruise has been a part of some incredible movies, including Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men, Magnolia, and more.

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Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One | Paramount Pictures

The actor went on to establish himself as an action star when he starred as Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible series in 1996. It is the 17th highest-grossing film series of all time and is often regarded as one of the best action franchises. Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning Part One was released on July 12, 2023, and received critical acclaim. The second part of the film series is said to be in development, but recent reports suggest that the movie has faced yet another setback, which has cost Cruise and the studios a lot of money.

Submarine malfunction halts Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 8

After the success of Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One, Tom Cruise and the audience were excited to see how the story would move forward in the eighth installment. However, the production of the eighth installment is facing yet another setback, forcing them to delay the process.

According to The Mirror, Paramount has decided to put a halt to the filming of Mission: Impossible 8 due to a set malfunction. The $23 million submarine that was needed to film was detected to be malfunctioning, putting a pause on production. The source reports,

The gimbal, which is used to lower the 12-foot-high structure, jammed under its weight and must now be repaired, pushing filming back weeks. They are not happy as it puts production behind, which costs a lot of money per day.

This is not the first time the production of Mission: Impossible 8 has been delayed; earlier, it was due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then it was WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. The delay caused the costs of the film to dramatically increase, and currently, the budget of the film, according to World of Reel, is said to be near about $400 million.

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Tom Cruise is reportedly stressed due to delays in Mission: Impossible 8 | Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise, according to In Touch Weekly, is now feeling pressure and stress over the movie’s delay. A source close to the project shared with the publication that when the makers decided to put the movie on a full-year schedule, 75% of the movie was done with just one remaining giant action sequence to be filmed. They got to filming the sequence in the past few weeks, which is now again delayed.

It’s been an even slower and more confusing process for Tom than the long section of filming he did for Mission 7 at the height of the pandemic. And Tom’s infamous audio rant recording from that time showed the world how stressed he was.

The source suggested that the actor had made a deal for back-to-back Mission movies five years ago, and the project still has a lot of work to be done. He feels the pressure of hundreds of millions of dollars being on the line.

Ted Lasso actress Hannah Waddingham talks about working with Tom Cruise

At the premiere of her movie, Garfield, Ted Lasso fame actress Hannah Waddingham spoke to ET and shared her experience working with Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 8. She will be making her Mission: Impossible debut with the upcoming eighth installment of the series. She said,

We’re just about to start shooting again on Mission. I can’t tell you much; I’ll get told off.

She described Cruise as gorgeous and inspirational, mentioning that they spent five days on the George H.W. Bush fighter carrier. Waddingham said they were in an osprey and landed on a moving vessel with four and a half thousand Naval men and women. The actress added that she cannot begin to describe how inspired she is by Tom Cruise and director Chris McQuarrie.

Mission: Impossible to feature Hannah Waddingham
Hannah Waddingham in Ted Lasso | Warner Bros. Television

There has not been much information revealed about her character in the movie, but she said that her character is different from Rebecca Welton from Ted Lasso. Hannah said that her character is powerful and quite functional. reported that the actress came in defense of the actor after it was revealed that the setbacks were proving to be a time of stress for the actor. She said she has a real problem with anybody that goes to Tom Cruise now, adding that having met him and spent five days with him intensely, she has nothing but good things to say about him. The actress concluded that he is the loveliest, most encouraging, positive, and most inspiring human being.

Mission: Impossible 8 is scheduled for release on May 23, 2025.

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