Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation follows Ethan and his infamous team as they take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
The best film series always have major draw cards with their stellar cast and Mission: Impossible has been no different, featuring the likes of Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and now Alec Baldwin. To celebrate the release of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, now in cinemas, and the stellar cast that accompanies Cruise in this new action epic, we have created a meet-and-greet to introduce the film’s key players.
- Tom Cruise
Name: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
DOB: July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Years active: 1981-present (34 years)
Cruise has certainly come far in his career to become one of the most sought after actors in the industry. At a young age Cruise had no interest in becoming an actor at all, in fact, he wanted to become a priest. Fast forward 40 years and here you have one of the most successful and highly paid actors on the market. He has starred in some of the biggest and most iconic blockbusters to date, including: the Mission: Impossible franchise, Top Gun, Jack Reacher, The Last Samurai, A Few Good Men and Risky Business. Cruise shows no signs of slowing down with the fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible series, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and the Top Gun 2 screenplay confirmed to be in development.
- Simon Pegg
Name: Simon John Beckingham
DOB: 14 February, 1970, in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, UK.
Years active: 1995–present (20 years)
Pegg has created a name for himself in the film industry by playing to his comedic strength in characters that are often geeky but loveable. Pegg started as a stand-up comedian, later featuring in television before making his debut as a writer for the television show Spaced, which was directed by Edgar Wright and featured his best friend Nick Frost. This trio continued in Pegg’s breakout film Shaun of the Dead, a zom-rom-com that was written by Wright and Pegg and starred Pegg and Frost; the film went on to reach cult status. He has since starred in The Adventures of Tin Tin, Star Trek, and the last three Mission: Impossible films. Pegg continues as gadget expert, Benji, in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
- Rebecca Ferguson
Name: Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström
DOB: 19 October, 1983, Stockholm, Sweden
Years active: 1999–present (16 years)
Ferguson hasn’t been in the industry for as long as her co-stars, but she’s already made a big impact in her own right. Born and raised in Sweden after her parents moved from the UK, Ferguson lives on the South coast of Sweden with her partner and child. Ugh. She has played some strong female characters in her career, starring in Drowning Ghost, Hercules, The White Queen, which was nominated for several awards including three Golden Globe Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards and a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Movie/Miniseries, and now Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which sees Ferguson play a mysterious and bad-ass addition to the IMF team.
- Jeremy Renner
Name: Jeremy Lee Renner
DOB: January 7, 1971, Modesto, California, U.S.
Years active: 1995–present (20 years)
Renner, as an actor, is the equivalent of the action figure from your childhood: perfect hair and physique, great with weapons, and with the ability to kick some serious butt. He started acting in theatre and had small indie films in LA before moving onto his breakout blockbuster film S.W.A.T. It was only up from there, with Renner starring in one of his most famous roles as Sergeant First Class William James in The Hurt Locker, which scored him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Renner has since starred in The Avengers series, The Bourne Legacy, American Hustle and the Mission: Impossible franchise. Renner reprises his role as Brandt, IMF agent, in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Hawkeye in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
- Alec Baldwin
Name: Alexander Rae Baldwin III
DOB: April 3, 1958, Amityville, New York, United States
Years active: 1980–present (35 years)
Baldwin started acting in television in the 80s before his breakout film debut in The Hunt for Red October in 1990, in which he played character Jack Ryan to critical acclaim. Not a one trick pony, Baldwin is also a successful stage actor, and went on Broadway to perform A Streetcar Named Desire, garnering a Tony nomination for his portrayal of “Stanley Kowalski”. His other notable films include Beetle Juice, The Aviator, and The Departed. Baldwin returned to television in 2006 to star alongside comedy goddess Tina Fey in the highly-acclaimed sitcom, 30 Rock. The role brought Baldwin two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and an unprecedented six Screen Actors Guild Awards. Baldwin features alongside Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg in the new Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation as the Head of the CIA.
- Ving Rhames
Name: Irving Rameses Rhames
DOB: May 12, 1959, New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active: 1984–present (31 years)
Rhames has featured in some of the biggest cult films of the last century, with his deep, booming voice intimidating us all from day one. He’s featured as a criminal in Con Air, a cop in Dawn of the Dead, a big-time gangster in Pulp Fiction, and a computer hacker in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Rhames is the only actor, apart from Tom Cruise, to feature in all five Mission: Impossible films. He is reprising his role as Luther Stickell, Ethan Hunt’s most trusted friend and expert hacker, in the new Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.