Tom Cruise trained for an entire year to perform the HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) stunt in this film.
The film had three thousand set-ups, thirteen helicopters, six pregnancies, five hiatuses, four weeks of aerial photography, three continents, two winters and one broken ankle.
Rebecca Ferguson was pregnant while filming this movie. She was about seven months pregnant when filming was completed.
While Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt) is famously known for performing his own stunts throughout the franchise, he ups the ante in this installment by performing four elaborate set pieces (mostly without green screens or stunt doubles): a HALO jump, an unusually dangerous variety of High-Altitude Low Opening parachute jumps; a helmet-free motorcycle chase through Paris, including a portion in which Hunt rides against traffic in the circle around the Arc de Triomphe; an extended foot chase across London rooftops, in which Cruise broke his ankle while jumping between two rooftops; and a helicopter chase in which Cruise does most of the piloting.
White Widow (Vanessa Kirby) is introduced as she delivers a tribute speech to her late mother, is referred to only as "Max." and as a lover of paradoxes. While never clarified onscreen, this is likely reference to the first film in the series, which features a female British arms dealer also known only as Max (Vanessa Redgrave).
In August 2017, Tom Cruise suffered an injury while filming a stunt jumping from one building to another. He was able to grab onto the other building thanks to a harness strapped onto him and his history of performing his own stunts for action films, but his ankle fractured upon the impact of the jump. Cruise then got up and attempted to run it off, which was what the scene called for, before he and the crew decided to stop filming. Shooting was delayed for eight weeks following the injury, but the footage of the stunt used in the film and its trailers just so happened to be the actual injury.
The bathroom fight was meant to be shot in 4 days but due to the complexity of the fight it ended up being shot over 4 weeks.
Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames are the only actors to appear in all six "Mission: Impossible" films. Simon Pegg has been in every movie since Mission: Impossible III (2006).
Tom Cruise said in an interview that if Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) does well, they'll make more. For now, he'll still create them, but directors/writers may change.
Simon Pegg got in such good shape while training in the gym for his action scenes that he got eight-pack abs for the first time in 25 years even though it wasn't required for his role at all. The actor is not an action star or known for his body and was teased on set by co-stars Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill, who actually are action stars and regularly show their eight-pack abs in films. They nick-named Pegg 'Eight-Pack Peggles' due to his new found abs. Cruise said, "Six-Pack Peggles I call him! He had an amazing eight-pack going on. He's almost like Eight-Pack Peggles." Pegg responded to the good-natured teasing saying, "To be fair it was a six-pack, it wasn't quite an eight-pack. I think one morning, after training, my abs made an appearance for the first time since I was 23. You have to be in shape to do these movies and I put my mind to it. It's nice to know that I can still show out if I need to. My wife appreciates it!"
The H.A.L.O skydiving sequence (distance of 7 km / 25000 feet, traveling speed of 265 - 320 km/h) was the last sequence filmed during production, but it was the first stunt designed and required a full year of planning out. The crew had only a limited time window of three minutes a day during sunset to film a jump. Because of strict air aviation regulations in France, it could only be shot in the Emirates. It took Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, the skydiving camera operator Craig O'Brien (who was instructed to keep a distance of three feet from Cruise while filming) and others involved a total of 106 jumps to get three possible takes. However, to rehearse the sequence, the crew built a custom oxygen helmet with RAF assistance that can be lit up to see a face, and then also built one of the world's largest wind tunnels for practice. The practice doesn't end there - Cruise and the other persons involved did five skydives a day with one in the morning, three in the afternoon, and one at dusk. Some of the other cast members turned up to visit, with Simon Pegg saying that he and his co-stars thought multiple times that Cruise was seriously about to die: "It is a daily stress going to work with him, because you don't know if you are going to see him tomorrow."
This film was green-lit several days before the release of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).
Christopher McQuarrie was the first director in the franchise to direct more than one film.
Jeremy Renner was not in this film, due to his commitment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Rebecca Ferguson was the first actress in the franchise to appear twice in a leading role.
Henry Cavill revealed that even being Superman didn't prepare him for the extreme stunts of this film. Cavill noted that his training for Superman is geared more towards body-sculpting for shirtless scenes while stunts require more functional training. He added, "It is a very different kind of preparation for this. For Superman, it is a lot of getting the body looking a certain way when inevitably Superman gets his kit off. But for this, it is not about that. It is about prepping for the stunts, rehearsing the stunts, making sure everything is finessed and going right and I love that. It was a very different approach and I enjoyed it enormously."
During the helicopter chase the computer voice warning Ethan about "Terrain" and telling him to "Pull Up" is the exact same voice heard giving the same warning and instructions to the pilot in the opening plane scene from Mission: Impossible II (2000).
Curiously absent from the final theatrical cut is the final shot seen in several of the movie's trailers, in which Ethan Hunt appears to be flying a helicopter at ground level directly towards a tractor-trailer. The shot itself is odd, considering the entire final cut of the helicopter sequence takes place in a remote, snow-covered mountainous area, whereas the deleted shot appears to take place directly above a surface road surrounded by a thick canopy of greenery. Another bit from the trailer that was seemingly removed from the final cut was Ethan Hunt swinging on a cable above the rave crowd in Paris.
Post production on the film was completed on July 3, 2018, less than three weeks before its premiere.
Due to additional safety equipment and challenges with the weather in November, the production company sought permission for about 800 landings by helicopter on the cliff Preikestolen in Norway. A stunt is supposed to be performed there at almost 2000 feet (600 meters) above the fjord below.
Filming lasted almost an entire year as production was halted for a few months due to Tom Cruise's broken ankle.
This is Michelle Monaghan's third appearance in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise. She first appeared in Mission: Impossible III (2006) and returned in a uncredited cameo in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011). She was absent from Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).
This film is released 3 years after the last Mission Impossible film, making it the shortest gap between film entries in the Mission Impossible franchise.
During the Empire Podcast, director Christopher McQuarrie revealed that he provides the authoritative voice in the initial mission briefing.
A clause stipulated in Henry Cavill's contract forbade him from shaving his beard required for the role. During production, the producers received a phone call from Justice League producer Charles Roven requesting Cavill back for some reshoots for his role as Superman. Co-producer Jake Myers suggested letting Cavill shave his beard, shuttinh down production while he does his reshoots and then getting Warner Bros to pay $3 million for additional visual effects (digital moustache) on shots of Cavill after completing his Superman reshoots. Paramount got wind of the idea and shot it down immediately through the clause.
In June 2017, Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan and Simon Pegg arrived in New Zealand to begin filming scenes. It was Cruise's first time in the country since filming The Last Samurai (2003).
Tom Cruise was originally cast as Napoleon Solo in The Man From U.N.C.L.E before being forced to drop out as the production for the previous installment, Rogue Nation, clashed with U.N.C.L.E. As a result, Henry Cavill was moved up to play Napoleon. Impressed by his replacement and wanting to work with Cavill, he proposed to Christopher McQuarrie to cast him as Agent Walker. It was also Cruise's idea to have Vanessa Kirby cast The White Widow as Cruise was impressed by her work as Princess Margaret in the first two seasons of The Crown.
Arguably the first 'proper' sequel in the series, as it relies substantially on plot devices and even antagonists established in the preceding Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), making any attempt to watch this one without having seen the previous one a very confusing experience (unlike the others which are far more individual stand-alone installments).
The second "Mission: Impossible" movie to have IMAX-formatted sections. While Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) used 70mm IMAX cameras to shoot the Burj Khalifa sequence, this film's HALO jump sequence and the climactic helicopter chase used high-resolution digital cameras that were reframed for the digital IMAX format.
Another scene that was featured in the trailer but is missing from the theatrical cut of the film, is a scene that takes place in a snowy setting, showing Ethan Hunt and his team discovering abandoned trucks with dead soldiers inside and around them, it then shows Ethan approaching a bunker door, about to enter with his gun drawn.
According to Christopher McQuarrie, Jeremy Renner turned down a cameo in the movie to reprise his role as William Brandt. Had he accepted the cameo, Willam Brandt would have been killed off in the opening act. (As stated in this article with the director on screen rants website.)
The two cars Ethan Hunt is shown driving in the movie are both BMW 5-Series models, albeit near-opposites from one another. The first is a preproduction version of the 2018 BMW M5 (F90), which debuted in spring 2018 and thus had yet to debut publicly when the scene featuring it was filmed in mid-2017. It features true supercar performance and can accelerate to 100kph in under three seconds. The second one, seen in part of the movie's Paris chase scene, is a vintage E28 model from the mid-1980s, presumably used by the characters because of their need for relative inconspicuousness whilst on the run from local police. While its specific badging isn't shown, it is clearly an "average" E28 as opposed to the sportier M5 variant, which featured unique wheels and was sold only in black.
The building Tom Cruise was jumping across when he broke his ankle is Baynard House, near Blackfriars, in London. It is a building owned by BT and used as offices, meeting rooms, a car park, data routing centre and telephone exchange.
The C17 hangar, described as Ramstein, it is actually RAFBrrize Norton, Oxfordshire UK.
With this film and Skyfall (2012), Wolf Blitzer has now appeared as "himself" in both the Mission: Impossible and Bond franchises.
Fallout became the first Mission:Impossible movie to be shown in Saudi Arabia after the ban on movie theaters has been lifted.
Henry Cavill is the second lead actor from The Tudors (2007) to have appeared in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise. The first was Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who appeared in Mission: Impossible III (2006).
Mission: Impossible - Fallout is the sixth film in the Mission: Impossible film series. With the initials for Mission: Impossible being MI and Fallout being the sixth film in the film series Fallout could be refer as MI6 and MI6 is also the name of a real-life spy agency. Appropriately enough the real-life MI6 is referenced throughout Fallout.
This film breaks the tradition of having Ethan's hair growing up or cutting it off in each film since in the previous installment Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015), he had short hair and in this one he has the same hair cut.
Second film in the series (after "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol") with a climax set in India.
Blackfriars becomes the third London train station to feature in a Mission: Impossible film, after Liverpool Street in Mission: Impossible (1996) and Paddington in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).
Third movie in the franchise filmed at prominent locations in Central London, including St. Paul's Cathedral, Blackfriars Bridge, and the Tate Modern museum.
The helicopter which Ethan Hunt pilots is an H125 manufactured by Toulouse-based company Airbus.
Alix Bénézech is the third French actress to play in the series after Emmanuelle Béart in Mission: Impossible (1996) and Léa Seydoux in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011).
The motorcycle Ethan Hunt rides in the chase sequence in Paris is a 2017 BMW R nineT. With use of both the Pure and Scrambler models respectively.
-Mission: Impossible - Fallout had its world premiere in Paris on July 12, 2018 and was released in the United States on July 27, 2018.
Third installment in a row in which BMW cars and motorcycles are featured prominently in chase scenes.
Angela Bassett and Wes Bentley have starred in the TV show American Horror Story together.
Henry Cavill and Lawrence Fishburne were co-stars in Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Fishburne was in Mission Impossible III.