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Classic 'Mission: Impossible' Character Returning for Sequels. Eugene Kittridge is suiting up for the next installments for the first time since the 1996 original. Ethan Hunt is getting a blast from the past in the next two Mission: Impossible movies. On Saturday, Mission: Impossible - Fallout filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie teased that Ethan Hunt antagonist Eugene Kittridge will be returning for the first time since 1996's Mission: Impossible. "There is no escaping the past... #MI7MI8," McQuarrie shared on social media, alongside a photo of Kittridge in the original Mission: Impossible film. McQuarrie has been announcing casting news sporadically for several months on social media, and The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that actor Henry Czerny will be reprising the role of Kittridge. Kittridge was the director of the Impossible Mission Force and hunted Ethan Hunt after it was believed the agent had gone bad. He shared a number of memorable scenes with Hunt, including one of which prompted the agent to utter the classic line, "Kittridge, you've never seen me very upset." In recent years, Czerny has appeared in projects such as Ready or Not and Sharp Objects. McQuarrie will write and direct two more Mission: Impossible films after previously helming 2015's Rogue Nation and 2018's Fallout. Historically, the Mission films have been one-offs with few thrulines to previous movies, however that has been changing in recent installments. Fallout not only continued the story of Rogue Nation, it also introduced White Widow (Vanessa Kirby), who was the daughter of Max (Vanessa Redgrave), the arms dealer not seen since the 1996 original. The next two Mission films have a sprawling cast, including Nicholas Hoult, who sources say is playing the villain, as well as Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham and Guardians of the Galaxy star Pom Klementieff. Paramount and Skydance has dated the next Mission: Impossible film for July 23, 2021, while the eighth installment will be released on Aug. 5, 2022. (Hollywood Reporter)

Keanu Reeves, Penelope Cruz and Shia LaBeouf Added as Presenters to the 2020 Oscars. The 92nd Annual Academy Awards will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The Academy Awards are right around the corner, and the show has a new crop of presenters. Keanu Reeves, Penelope Cruz and Shia LaBeouf have been announced as awards show presenters for the Feb. 9 ceremony. Also announced were James Corden, Beanie Feldstein, Zack Gottsagen, Diane Keaton, George MacKay, Steve Martin, Maya Rudolph and Sigourney Weaver. Among the list of stars already presenting at the highly-anticipated awards show are Zazie Beets, Timothee Chalamet, Will Ferrell, Gal Gadot, Mindy Kaling, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Ramos, Mark Ruffalo, Kelly Marie Tran and Kristen Wiig. Last year's Oscar winners Regina King, Rami Malek, Olivia Colman and Mahershala Ali will also be presenting the acting categories. "We love the tradition of having the previous year's Oscar-winning actors on stage to celebrate the achievements of their peers and are thrilled to welcome back these four great talents," show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain previously said in a statement. Joker's 11 nominations leads the pack this year with Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, Sam Mendes' 1917 and Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood coming in second with 10. Little Women, Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit and Parasite each picked up six nods, while Ford v Ferrari came away with four. The 92nd Annual Academy Awards will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb 9 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. (People)

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