Nicholas Hoult Out, Esai Morales In As The ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Villain

An unusual change has just been made at the top of Mission: Impossible 7. Earlier this year, we learned Nicholas Hoult would be joining Tom Cruise in the action blockbuster. But a few months later and he’s now out, and replaced by veteran character actor Esai Morales. Say what?

Deadline has the news of Hoult’s departure, but doesn’t have any info on what caused it. Probably it has something to do with production delays caused by COVID-19, but that’s unconfirmed.

Nothing against Morales, who is a recognizable actor with some terrific performances in La Bamba, American Family, NYPD Blue, and as Deathstroke on Titans.  That last role might be what led him to this, actually. However, he and Hoult couldn’t be more different if they tried. Morales is a 57-year-old of Puerto Rican descent, while Hoult is English and 30-years-old. Either Christopher McQuarrie is overseeing a big rewrite for the character, or he’s going to be so thinly-drawn that literally anybody of any ethnicity could play him.

Probably the latter. These movies are really about Tom Cruise, anyway.

Mission: Impossible 7 opens November 19th 2021.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.