Watch Tom Cruise’s Wild WWII Biplane Stunt For ‘Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning’

Cruise’s latest high-flying stunt has him harnessed to a flying WW2-era biplane while delivering a message to fans.


Despite being perhaps the world’s most bankable movie star, Tom Cruise is renowned for pulling off remarkably risky stunts for his movies. From jumping out of a plane at 25,000 feet for Mission: Impossible-Fallout to enduring “the most intense film training” ever while flying F-18s for Top Gun Maverick, Cruise is as stunt-happy as a major superstar gets.

In a newly-leaked video hyping the upcoming Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning, Cruise pulls off one of his wildest stunts yet while harnessed to a WWII-era biplane that’s actually flying.

The video was originally played before the trailer debut of Mission: Impossible–Dead Reckoning at CinemaCon in April, which also hosted the first screening of Top Gun: Maverick.

Collider breaks down the video here, which can be seen in the tweet above.

The minute-long video shows Cruise harnessed to a World War II Boeing-Stearman biplane, delivering a message to theater owners that had gathered at CinemaCon.

As he spoke about the importance of the big screen experience, the camera panned out and revealed another plane.

This one was occupied by McQuarrie, who reminded Cruise that they have a movie to film, and that they were “losing the light,” and were “low on fuel.” Cruise chuckled, and wrapped up his earnest message with a salute to “the movies.”

In case you can’t make it out over the sound of the planes’ whirring propellers, Cruise’s full statement from the high-flying video is here:

“Hey, everyone! I wish I could’ve been there with you. I’m sorry about all the extra noise. As you can see, we are filming the latest installment of Mission: Impossible, and right now we’re over the gorgeous Blyde River Canyon in stunning South Africa.

And we’re making this film for the big screen, for the audiences to see in your wonderful theaters.”

Cruise’s signature stunts in action blockbusters have certainly proved to be a winning formula. Top Gun: Maverick was the top-grossing movie of 2022, making more than $1.42 billion worldwide. It recently became only the sixth movie in history to gross more than $700 million domestically.

Check out the first official trailer for Mission Impossible—Dead Reckoning—set to hit theaters in 2023—right here.