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Rebecca Ferguson on why she left 'Mission Impossible' franchise

Updated on: 19 April,2024 07:20 AM IST  |  Washington

"To speak very clearly -- because I know a lot of people are sad about it, I'm sad about it -- I had filmed three films. My [contract] deal was done"

Rebecca Ferguson on why she left 'Mission Impossible' franchise

Rebecca Ferguson. Pic/AFP

Actor Rebecca Ferguson shared why she exited the 'Mission: Impossible' franchise. In an interview on WrapWomen's UnWrapped podcast, the actor, who played Ilsa Faust, described the character's intended demise in 2023's 'Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One' as "collaborative," reported People.

"Ilsa was becoming a team player," said Ferguson, 40, of her butt-kicking assassin first introduced in 2015's fifth entry in the Tom Cruise-led series, Rogue Nation. "And we all can want different things, but for me... Ilsa was naughty. Ilsa was unpredictable."

In the franchise's sixth and seventh entries, there were "a lot of characters coming in, not leaving enough space for what she had been," she added.

According to People, Ilsa's introduction to the 'Mission: Impossible' world preceded Vanessa Kirby as Alanna Mitsopolis a.k.a. the White Widow, Angela Bassett as CIA Director Erika Sloane, Henry Cavill as CIA assassin August Walker, Pom Klementieff as assassin Paris, Hayley Atwell as thief Grace and Esai Morales as terrorist Gabriel.

According to the 'Dune' actress, the latter character, the "rogue" Ilsa, was responsible for the murder that ended Ferguson's rule.

"To speak very clearly -- because I know a lot of people are sad about it, I'm sad about it -- I had filmed three films. My [contract] deal was done."

She added that she loves her Mission: Impossible character "beyond words. I think she's the most awesome, fantastic character."

Other considerations, she said, were the physical and logistical commitments to continuing in a blockbuster action franchise. "Selfishly, that's a lot of time to make a Mission film. And unless you're going to have a lot of screen time, that's a lot of time sitting around waiting to film a huge movie that could take over a year to film."

Ferguson added, "There's a moment where you think it needs to be worth it, not just to love the character and to embrace Tom and [writer-director Christopher McQuarrie] and the story. I want to work, man. I want to work. I don't want to sit in a trailer... It is so intoxicatingly exciting when you're rolling, but there's a lot of waiting."

For a growing franchise -- whose eighth film is expected to hit screens on May 23, 2025 -- the star noted, "The more characters that are brought in, the more waiting." After wrapping up Ilsa's story in Dead Reckoning Part One, Ferguson pointed out, she filmed both Dune movies and two seasons of Apple TV+ drama Silo.

Ferguson also stars in the 2025 sci-fi drama Mercy with Annabelle Wallis and Chris Pratt, reported People.

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