Nicholas Hoult was once set to star opposite Tom Cruise in a sequel to the Mission: Impossible franchise, and the actor now shares why he had to leave the film. In an interview with The Guardian, the actor reveals more about the scheduling conflicts that prevented him from starring in the film. In 2020, it was reported that Hoult would be cast as a villain in Mission: Impossible 7. At the time, director Christopher McQuarrie teased Hoult about joining the franchise, writing on Instagram: “Would you mind building a little hell?” to which Hoult replied, “But why hold back a bit?”
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However, Hoult’s role on Hulu’s The Great kept him from being available for the Mission: Impossible movie. Leaving the role seemed to follow a chain of events in which the actor lost other major roles.
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“I did a screen test for Batman and I didn’t get it. I tried the screen for Top Gun, but I didn’t understand. Then I got the call from Tom Cruise, ‘Hey, how about Mission Impossible?’ OK. I understand. Then I had to quit because he was already addicted to making more of The Great,” Hoult told The Guardian.
The Hollywood Reporter explained that Reeves reportedly met with Hoult and Pattinson, and both actors had filmed screen tests in costume. Both also had a pre-negotiated agreement that would go into effect for anyone who foregoes the final eventuality, the screen test. Pattinson was ultimately cast as the Caped Crusader. Meanwhile, Hoult did not reveal which role he had auditioned for in Top Gun: Maverick, which would also star Miles Teller and Glen Powell.
Hoult currently stars on the big screen opposite Nicolas Cage in Universal’s horror comedy Renfield.