Nicholas Hoult, known for his roles in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Menu,” recently talked about unfortunate series of events that led to him turning down prominent roles in major Hollywood franchises.
The actor revealed that he received a personal call from Tom Cruise to join the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, but had to decline due to a contractual obligation to the period comedy series “The Great.” This rejection followed two earlier disappointments as he lost out on roles in “The Batman” and “Top Gun: Maverick.”
Let’s explore the details.
Nicholas Hoult Missing Opportunity with “Mission: Impossible 7”:
Nicholas Hoult was cast in “Mission: Impossible 7” in January 2020, set to portray the finale’s main villain. However, his commitment to “The Great” prevented him from fulfilling this role, leading to his departure from the film and subsequent replacement by Esai Morales. The opportunity to work with Tom Cruise in the successful franchise was undoubtedly a significant loss for Hoult.
Lost Roles in “The Batman” and “Top Gun: Maverick”:
Hoult also revealed that he had screen-tested for two other major Hollywood franchises, “The Batman” and “Top Gun: Maverick,” but failed to secure the roles. Director Matt Reeves ultimately selected Robert Pattinson as Batman/Bruce Wayne, while the specifics of the “Top Gun: Maverick” role he auditioned for remain undisclosed. Despite missing out on these opportunities, Hoult impressed Tom Cruise, leading to the offer to join the “Mission: Impossible” series.
Disappointment Amidst Success for Nicholas Hoult:
Nicholas Hoult’s string of rejections came at a time when he was experiencing success in his career. “The Batman” went on to earn $770 million at the worldwide box office, while “Top Gun: Maverick” became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, accumulating $1.49 billion globally. It was unfortunate timing for Hoult, who had to make difficult choices due to prior commitments.
Despite these missed opportunities, Nicholas Hoult continues to showcase his talent on the big screen. He starred alongside Nicolas Cage in the Dracula action comedy “Renfield,” distributed by Universal Pictures.
Nicholas Hoult’s recent revelation about turning down major franchise roles, including “Mission: Impossible 7,” due to prior commitments sheds light on the challenges and tough decisions actors face in their careers. While missing out on these opportunities may have been disappointing, Hoult remains an accomplished actor, and audiences can still enjoy his performances in his current and upcoming projects.