The next “Mission Impossible” movie will feature Hayley Atwell. Christopher McQuarrie, the writer and director of the next installment, confirmed the casting on social media on Friday evening. On his Instagram post, McQuarrie added a picture of Atwell with the phrase, “Should you choose to accept…” from the original television show.

Atwell will join Rebecca Ferguson and franchise star Tom Cruise in the new movie, which is currently scheduled to premiere in theaters in July 2021. Cruise is set to star in at least two more “Mission Impossible films for Paramount Pictures, with the eighth film releasing in August 2022. McQuarrie is directing both of those installments, he also directed the 2015 hit “Mission Impossible Rogue Nation,” and the 2018 movie “Mission Impossible: Fallout.”

Fans probably know Atwell best from her time as Peggy Carter in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and “Agent Carter” on ABC. The show only lasted two seasons but Peggy Carter appeared in the first “Captain America” movie, “Ant-Man,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

The “Mission Impossible” franchise is a gold mine for Paramount Pictures. The first installment released in 1996 and made $457M worldwide. “Mission Impossible II” released in 2000, and topped the original’s worldwide gross with a $546M total. “Mission Impossible III” released in 2006, but didn’t beat the first two films. The movie still made over $397M worldwide and was a financial success for the studio. After the box office decline, the studio moved the franchise from May to December in 2011, and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” set a new franchise record with a $694M worldwide total. The next release was “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” in July of 2015 and that movie made $682M globally. “Mission Impossible: Fallout” is the current champion, and sits with a $791M worldwide total. With six films in the franchise, the “Mission Impossible” movies have made over $3.5b for Paramount Pictures.

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