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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 18 August 2018

Mission Impossible director shares snaps of Abu Dhabi stunt 

Pictures posted over the weekend show McQuarrie and Cruise sitting in skydiving suits and oxygen masks, waiting to quite literally “fall out” of a large transport plane

Tom Cruise is famous for performing his own stunts, particularly for the Mission Impossible franchise (pictured). Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions
Tom Cruise is famous for performing his own stunts, particularly for the Mission Impossible franchise (pictured). Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions

Mission Impossible: Fallout star Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie seem to be taking the title of the movie at face value judging by the latest posts on McQuarrie’s Instagram.

Pictures posted over the weekend show the pair sitting in skydiving suits and oxygen masks, waiting to quite literally “fall out” of a large transport plane – which aviation fans among McQuarrie's followers suggest is a Boeing C17 Globemaster, a cargo and personnel transport plane which is a mainstay of the militaries of the US, UK, Canada and, yes, the UAE.

The reason for the oxygen masks seems evident from McQuarrie's second shot – an altimeter showing that the plane is at a height of some 25,000 feet. A typical skydive takes place from around 13,000 feet, suggesting that, as ever, the Mission Impossible team won’t be skimping when it comes to the extremity of their stunts.

Actor Tom Cruise also shared this snap of himself leaping from the back of an airplane high above the dunes:

A post shared by Tom Cruise (@tomcruise) on

The film's star Henry Cavill is also rumoured to be in the UAE for the stunt shoot:

Last time the team were in the UAE, for 2011’s Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Cruise climbed Dubai’s Burj Khalifa without a harness, so a 25,000-foot leap above the Abu Dhabi desert is probably just another day at the office for the actor, who famously performs his own stunts, much to his insurance company’s presumed dismay.

Although the gloves used by Tom Cruise to scale Burj Khalifa in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol do not exist, the concept was inspired by the gecko. Courtesy Paramount Pictures
Courtesy Paramount Pictures

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