Director Christopher McQuarrie took to Instagram to confirm that Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham has officially joined the ensemble cast of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two.
The movie serves as the eighth and final installment of the blockbuster spy action franchise. Further details about Waddingham’s character are still being kept under wraps. Despite this, McQuarrie has already shared a first-look photo of her mystery character.
Waddingham first gained recognition for her memorable role as Septa Unella in Game of Thrones. She received critical acclaim for her breakout performance as Rebecca Welton in Apple TV+ comedy Ted Lasso, which earned her an Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
Following the large critical and commercial success of the past two films, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie inked a deal with the studio to return to write and direct the next two installments. Joining Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning are returning franchise alums Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep), Simon Pegg (Ready Player One), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Vanessa Kirby (Hobbs & Shaw), and Henry Czerny (Ready or Not).
The upcoming films will introduce Mission: Impossible newcomers Shea Whigham (Joker), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers: Infinity War), and Esai Morales (La Bamba, Titans), who will replace Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) for the villain role. In addition to Waddingham, Dead Reckoning Part Two will also include Holt McCallany, Nick Offerman, and Janet McTeer.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One and Part Two will be released on July 14, 2023, and June 28, 2024, respectively.