Jeremy Renner Reveals Reason For Leaving Mission Impossible Franchise And We Support Him

By Douglas Helm | Updated

Jeremy Renner’s Mission: Impossible character, William Brandt, quickly became a fan-favorite after his debut in the 2011 franchise sequel Ghost Protocol. Renner would go on to reprise the role in Rogue Nation, but he recently revealed on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that he was actually asked to come back for the 2018 film Fallout. But he ended up turning down the offer because they were planning on killing him off.

Jeremy Renner Didn’t Want His Character To Die

Jeremy Renner explained the offer to reprise his Mission: Impossible role on the podcast, saying, “I remember they tried to bring me over[seas] for a week so they could kill my character, and I was like, ‘No, you don’t get to do that.” Renner laughed, adding, “I yelled at [director Christopher McQuarrie],” and “Dude, you’re not going to do this to me like that; you’re not going to do me wrong.”

While it’s unclear how Brandt would have been killed off in Fallout, it’s possible that Henry Cavill’s character, August Walker, might have taken Brandt out to establish himself as a credible threat.

Willing To Return In The Future

Jeremy Renner’s reasoning for turning down the Mission: Impossible offer is totally understandable, and fans definitely wouldn’t have been too happy with Brandt being offed. Fortunately, this hasn’t deterred Renner’s enthusiasm for the franchise, as he also explained that he would be more than willing to come back, saying, “I love those guys,” and, “I’d always jump into a ‘Mission: Impossible’ anytime and back into Brandt. It’s great.”

Like A Particularly Gifted Archer Renner Shoots Down Rumors

Learning that Jeremy Renner’s Mission: Impossible character was supposed to be killed off is pretty surprising, considering there were rumors that he was going to take over the franchise from Cruise. However, Renner shut down those rumors, saying, “No, it was always Tom’s show, that would be a Tom decision, if he ever wanted to change that narrative.” In any case, Renner hasn’t been back to the franchise since his appearance in Rogue Nation, but it’s good to know we could see him again sometime in the future.

Mission Impossible Is Going Strong With Tom Cruise

Although Jeremy Renner hasn’t been in a Mission: Impossible film for a while, the franchise has continued on its merry way without him. The most recent film, Dead Reckoning Part One, was a well-received entry that did underperform a bit at the box office due to some stiff competition from the Barbenheimer phenomenon.

Dead Reckoning Part Two is set to come out in 2025 and will feature Tom Cruise returning along with Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby, Esai Morales, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, Pom Klementieff, and Frederick Schmidt.

Jeremy Renner Is Keeping Busy

While there were rumors that the current two-parter was going to be Tom Cruise’s last turn as Ethan Hunt, Cruise and director/writer Christopher McQuarrie have since confirmed that there are future entries for the franchise planned. While there’s no word on when those sequels might come out, this means that Jeremey Renner could definitely get called back to the Mission: Impossible films in the future. In the meantime, the actor has been staying plenty busy elsewhere.

Mayor Of Kingstown Season 3 Is Out Now

Most recently, Renner’s Paramount+ series, Mayor of Kingstown, returned for its third season. The season premiere is currently available to stream while the next episode of the series is set to air on June 10. And while we don’t know when and if Jeremy Renner will return to the Mission: Impossible film franchise, we can look forward to seeing him in the upcoming Rian Johnson film, Knives Out 3, alongside Daniel Craig.

Source: Happy Sad Confused