‘Mission: Impossible’ abandons Nicholas Hoult for ‘Ozark’ star Esai Morales

Paramount and Skydance have replaced Nicholas Hoult as a villain in Mission: Impossible. Esai Morales is reportedly taking his role.

A few months ago, Paramount has announced that two of the upcoming Mission: Impossible films have been delayed. Due to production shutdowns caused by global pandemic, the film series has halted filming.

With shooting suspended indefinitely, the new tentpole of the spy series is yet to be completed in time for its initial release. However, it appears that COVID-19 has not only affected production work. It has also caused a big impact on the filming schedule of stars portraying several roles from different titles.

Esai Morales replaces Nicholas Hoult

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media has announced that the delay has put Nicholas Hoult in conflict with another commitment.  As a result, Hoult was forced to pull out of the forthcoming Mission: Impossible installments.

The studio further revealed that Esai Morales will replace the role of Hoult as a villain. Elsewhere, director of Mission: Impossible series, Christopher Mcquarrie reacted to the news with an ominous yet on-brand statement.

On Instagram, the showrunner posted a picture of Morales, with a caption that says,

“We all face the same fate.”

Undoubtedly, this situation is going to happen often as films resume production with talent that has contracted outfall slots with other pictures, when there was no thought about a pandemic.

More about Esai Morales’ career

Esai Morales began his pursuit of an acting career by attending the School of Performing Arts in Manhattan. His first professional performances were in theater and television in New York. He then launched his feature film career as Paco Moreno in Bad Boys opposite Sean Penn.

Morales is famous for his roles as Lt. Tony Rodriguez on NYPD Blue, Joseph Adama in the science fiction television series Caprica, and Camino del Rio in the Netflix original series Ozark. Furthermore, the actor has starred in the 1987 biopic La Bamba, American Family, as well as Resurrection Blvd.

Details about the upcoming Mission: Impossible films

Paramount and Skydance kept silent about the plot, but what fans can expect is just another typical Mission: Impossible flick.

As for the cast, Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Ethan Hunt. Other casts who will join him are Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Vanessa Kirby as White Widow, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, and Henry Czerny as Eugene Kittridge.

Mission: Impossible 7 will hit cinemas on November 19, 2021. Meanwhile, Mission: Impossible 8 drops on November 4, 2022.

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