“I have a real problem with anybody that goes at him”: Tom Cruise Finds a New Ally in Ted Lasso Star Hannah Waddingham After Just 5 Days Together
2024/02/06

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star Hannah Waddingham is set to play a role in Tom Cruise’s upcoming movie. While her role in the movie is not yet disclosed, it appears Cruise has won over the heart of Waddingham. The actress is ready to tell off anyone who has a problem with the actor.

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Following the end of the successful three-season run of , Waddingham has landed several opportunities, including . She will be starring alongside Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt in . She will also voice a role in.

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During her appearance on the Christmas episode of , was asked about her experience working with . The actress only filmed for five days in the movie until now, but it was enough for her to understand the actor. Waddingham shared that Cruise was one of the loveliest human beings she had ever met.

Also, calling him encouraging, positive, inspiring, and gorgeous, Waddingham added that she is ready to defend Cruise against his critics. The actress shared on the show ():

“I have to say, I have a real problem with anybody that goes at [Tom Cruise] now. Having met him and having spent five days intensely…He is without doubt one of the loveliest and encouraging, positive, and inspiring human beings I have ever met.

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Isn’t he gorgeous? I have no time for anyone saying anything about him.”

Waddingham’s involvement in the project was announced in March, and her first sequence was shot on the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier. While she described her five days of filming on the carrier as , Waddingham was all too familiar with the world. She shared with that she spent her childhood on boats with her father, who was in the river police.

She even reassured Tom Cruise and , saying, Waddingham confirmed that she will return to the set once production restarts, to film an important scene.

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While initial plans were to film the seventh and eighth movies back-to-back, plans changed in February 2021. Production for the eighth film began in 2022 before the release of . However, the production came to a standstill due to the SAG-AFTRA strikes. This has also resulted in a delay in the film’s release, originally set for June 28, 2024.

Paramount Pictures announced the new release date as May 23, 2025. The film aims to sort out some of the issues with its previous installment. Despite getting positive reviews, Tom Cruise’s could only gross $567 million. The film faced competition from the Barbenheimer phenomenon, and it could hardly feature on IMAX screens as took away most of the premium screens.

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However, the new film will get three weeks of exclusive IMAX screenings. While fans await the eighth installment, they can now enjoy the other films by streaming them on Paramount+.

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