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Henry Cavill’s Mission, Should He Choose to Accept It, Is ‘Mission: Impossible 6’

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2015’s remake of old-school espionage show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was a rollicking good time, but more than that, it was an audition reel for its stars Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill. Hammer brought his marksmanship and high-speed combat skills to Ben Wheatley’s upcoming shoot-‘em-up Free Fire, and now part-time Superman Cavill has also landed a new role befitting his ultra-smooth fighting prowess. He’ll have to run, jump, most likely get shirtless, and appear alongside Tom Cruise in what just might be his most dangerous assignment yet.

That’s right — Cavill has accepted a role in the upcoming sixth Mission: Impossible film, Deadline reports. This won’t be a similar deal to the franchise’s brief flirtation with a full rebrand and Jeremy Renner, however; Cavill has been slated to appear as a supporting player to the Ethan Hunt we all know and love. Cavill and series director Christopher McQuarrie made the casting official over a series of increasingly adorable exchanges on Instagram. In McQuarrie‘s original post, he posed a dangerous assignment to Cavill:

Say, @henrycavill. Had a thought. Curious if you’re interested in a role in the 6th installment of Mission: Impossible. No pressure.

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And then Cavill was like, “How can I say no to a man with such perfect hair…” and then McQuarrie was like, “Excellent. Just a few caveats: Must enjoy extreme heights, high speeds, motor vehicles of all varieties (especially aircraft), practical stunts, firearms, and sporadic exposition. All good?” and then Cavill was like, “Only if I get to fly for real,” and then McQuarrie was like, “I do believe I specified practical stunts. You in?” and then Cavill was like, “Oh ok … I’m in!” and then McQuarrie was like, “Outstanding. Welcome aboard. Your social media account will self destruct in 5 seconds.” At this point, it is unclear whether Cavill and McQuarrie will be collaborating on a feature film, or if they’ve both got crushes on one another. God knows I do.

The still to-be-titled sixth Mission: Impossible will airdrop into theaters on July 27, 2018.

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