Esai Morales has found a new mission…The 57-year-old Puerto Rican actor has joined the cast of Mission: Impossible 7, replacing Nicholas Hoult s the film’s villain.
The Paramount and Skydance co-production was close to starting production in Italy, when the world shut down due to COVID-19 and that included the Christopher McQuarrie-directed film, which will see Tom Cruise reprise his Ethan Hunt spy character.
The delay put Hoult in conflict with another commitment.
Mission: Impossible 7 is expected to start production in late summer or early fall.
The film was scheduled for release on July 23, 2021 but has been moved to November 19, 2021 to account for the delay.
The entire franchise through six movies has amassed over $3.57 billion for Paramount.
Morales, who rose to acclaim as Bob Morales in La Bamba, most recently completed a stint on How To Get Away With Murder.
His other credits include television roles on Magic City, Chicago P.D. and NCIS: Los Angeles, and film roles in Gun Hill Road, Fast Food Nation and Spare Parts.