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Tom Cruise takes ‘Mission: Impossible’ to new heights [Video]

October 29, 2011 |  6:06 pm

Tom Cruise went to great lengths, or should we say, great heights for his latest turn as IMF agent Ethan Hunt in the new “Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol” (see the new trailer below).

His latest mission? Performing some of his own stunt work, including scaling the outside of the Burj Khalifa, also known as the tallest building on the planet! Towering over the city of Dubai, the skyscraper is a staggering 2,723 feet high.

Watch the featurette below as the 49-year-old jumps out a window, swings around the exterior and runs and climbs across the windows, all with the help of some hefty cables. As director Brad Bird says in the clip, “This is just another day at work on ‘Mission Impossible.’”

The new trailer offers a few more plot and action details, but mainly reinforces the premise that Hunt and his IMF (Impossible Missions Force) pals are going rogue after being framed for a terrorist bombing at the Kremlin in Moscow.

Ghost Protocol, some type of black ops mission, is initiated, and the espionage team is left on their  own to clear their names. However, if they are caught, they will be branded as terrorists seeking global nuclear war.

In addition to Cruise, Simon Pegg returns as gadget guru Benji Dunn, while Paula Patton joins as the female lead and Jeremy Renner as a brooding and mysterious new IMF agent named Brandt (rumored to be carrying on the franchise after Tom).

The action flick is set to open wide Dec. 21, with an early IMAX debut Dec. 16.


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 -- Emily Christianson

Photo: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner, from left. Credit: Paramount Pictures