The star unveiled the footage in which he jumps off a cliff on a motorcycle at entertainment industry convention CinemaCon.
As superspy Ethan Hunt in the action series, Cruise has scaled cliffs in Australia with his hands and hung on to the outside of a speeding plane in previous instalments of the film franchise, but the next big stunt is “far and away the most dangerous thing I’ve attempted,” he said.
In a video presentation, the actor and director Christopher McQuarrie shared behind-the-scenes footage.
“This is far and away the most dangerous thing I’ve attempted; we’ve been working on this for years,” says the actor in the footage.
Cruise added: “I wanted to do it since a little kid.”
“The clouds have to be misty, not foggy,” McQuarrie said of the ideal conditions for the scene, which was filmed in Norway.
The 59-year-old actor, who is famous for doing his own stunts, trained for the feat by skydiving and working on a cycle-jumping course, built especially for the occasion.