How does Tom Cruise top hanging from a massive skyscraper in Dubai? How about clutching to the side of a moving plane, of course!
The first teaser for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (watch it above), the fifth entry in Cruise’s mega-franchise, has hit the internet, bringing with it the promise of more shadowy enemies and several death-defying stunts, including one in which the 52-year-old star hangs on to the side of a huge military jet.
The minute-long glimpse opens with a shirtless and shackled Ethan Hunt (Cruise) using some high-flying kicks to KO some bad guys and make an escape (it’s a scene reminiscent of Scarlett Johansson’s hands-free escape from 2012′s The Avengers).
Cruise gets loose with help from Hercules star Rebecca Ferguson -- the latest addition to the Mission franchise -- who plays an operative helping Hunt solve the mystery of "the Syndicate," a nation of rogue agents who seem just as dangerous as Ethan and his action-addled associates, including returning stars Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner.
Also packed into this brief tease: Motorcycle chases, explosions, and some Pegg quips, all topped off by one of the most ambitious stunts the series has ever seen, as a nattily attired Cruise gets cozy with a jumbo military aircraft as it takes off.
Last year, British paparazzi caught a few shots of Cruise doing the stunt himself -- proving that, when it comes to physical grunt-work, Cruise still has all the right moves.
Will moviegoers choose to accept Cruise's latest mission? We’ll find out when Rogue Nation hits theatres on August 6.
Jordan Zakarin writes for Yahoo Movies.