Tom Cruise films helicopter stunt in New Zealand

Tom Cruise performed an ambitious helicopter stunt in the Central Otago region of southern New Zealand for his upcoming action sequel Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Tom Cruise performed an ambitious helicopter stunt in the Central Otago region of southern New Zealand for his upcoming action sequel Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Renowned for performing his own stunts, Cruise – already a keen plane pilot – reportedly spent months learning to fly a helicopter so that he could operate the craft alone while also performing as the franchise’s hero Ethan Hunt.

Tom Cruise films helicopter stunt in New Zealand
Mission Impossible Fallout

Paramount Pictures is promoting the stunt ahead of the film’s July release date. The movie reunites Cruise with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, marking the first time the actor has worked with the same director twice in the franchise’s 22-year history.

Cruise scaled the Burj Khalifa in Dubai for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and clung to the side of a plane taking off from a UK airfield for the next film, subtitled Rogue Nation.

New Zealand is known internationally for its spectacular mountain ranges, while producers can access generous incentive support. Many local crew members are veterans of big-budget Hollywood productions including Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and, more recently, movies like the Hobbit films, Pete’s Dragon and Ghost in the Shell.

See KFTV's productuion guide for more on filming in New Zealand.

Image: Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise films helicopter stunt in New Zealand
Mission Impossible Fallout

Tom Cruise performed an ambitious helicopter stunt in the Central Otago region of southern New Zealand for his upcoming action sequel Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Renowned for performing his own stunts, Cruise – already a keen plane pilot – reportedly spent months learning to fly a helicopter so that he could operate the craft alone while also performing as the franchise’s hero Ethan Hunt.

Paramount Pictures is promoting the stunt ahead of the film’s July release date. The movie reunites Cruise with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, marking the first time the actor has worked with the same director twice in the franchise’s 22-year history.

Cruise scaled the Burj Khalifa in Dubai for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and clung to the side of a plane taking off from a UK airfield for the next film, subtitled Rogue Nation.

New Zealand is known internationally for its spectacular mountain ranges, while producers can access generous incentive support. Many local crew members are veterans of big-budget Hollywood productions including Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and, more recently, movies like the Hobbit films, Pete’s Dragon and Ghost in the Shell.

See KFTV's productuion guide for more on filming in New Zealand.

Image: Paramount Pictures

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