The Gauntlet | Tom Cruise-headlined remake set for 2025 shoot

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Tom Cruise looks like he’s picked a remake of The Gauntlet as his first project once he’s finished Mission: Impossible 8.

Following the eventual completion of the next Mission: Impossible film, we’d imagine both Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie will want to take a nice, long holiday. After that, though? It looks like they’ll be reuniting for a remake of the 1977 Clint Eastwood thriller, The Gauntlet.

News of the project first leaked in April and seemed to confirm earlier hints McQuarrie had dropped about their next collaboration. Having previously described their next project as “gnarlier” than the Mission: Impossible films, McQuarrie also added that “It’s something we’ve talked about for a really long time. It’s way outside of what you’re used to seeing Tom do. It’s the kind of stuff I really love. It’s a little bit more in my wheelhouse.”

If the remake hews closely to the Eastwood original, Cruise will play ‘an alcoholic cop tasked with escorting a prostitute from Las Vegas to Phoenix to testify against the mob. Plans soon fall apart as cops and lawyers are also involved in the plot to kill them both.’ 

Scarlett Johansson is reportedly in line to star alongside Cruise.

While none of this is official yet, a listing on Production List has stated that The Gauntlet is set to begin production on the 6th January 2025 in Los Angeles.

Work on the eighth Mission: Impossible is still ongoing. A few days ago, filming was suspended because a submarine that forms an integral part of the film’s story couldn’t be lowered into the water. It’s yet another knock back for a project that has faced a string of them over the past few years. It also means that Cruise is probably going to be busy for a good while yet on the sequel, due out next summer.

Given the amount of work that is likely left on the next Mission: Impossible, this almost certainly means that this will be Cruise’s next film, meaning that his collaboration with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on his next project will likely follow later in 2025. At some point, an official confirmation will arrive. When it does, we’ll let you know.

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