The German automaker is once again involved heavily in the production of the M:I franchise

BMW will once again take center stage in the new Mission: Impossible movie as the new M5 is set to play a prominent role in the sixth installment of the Tom Cruise spy-movie franchise. Thanks to a new trailer released today by Bimmer, we now know that the new M5 will have its work cut out for it. Footage from the trailer revealed that the mid-size sedan will be used in a number of stunts, including being driven by Simon Pegg’s character, Benji, autonomously through what looks to be a futuristic tablet.

BMW’s involvement with the Mission: Impossible franchise dates back to the fourth movie, Ghost Protocol. Those who have seen the movie — it’s seemingly on perpetual loop on cable — will remember Tom Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, get run over by a 6 Series. Fortunately, he survived that incident because he’s Ethan Hunt. Later in the movie, he even gets behind the wheel of the concept version of the BMW i8, artificial intelligence dashboard, included.

Fast forward to Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and once again, Bimmer was in on the action, specifically the F80 M3 that Hunt and Simon Pegg’s character, Benji, destroyed in the streets of Morocco. In between the time spent behind the wheel of a Bimmer, characters in the franchise have also ridden BMW bikes, most notably the S1000RR and the R nineT.

With Mission: Impossible - Fallout set to be released later this year, it’s hardly a surprise anymore that BMW is returning to the franchise. The new BMW M5 is now the highlight model, taking the reigns away from the F80 M3 from the fifth movie. The trailer doesn’t reveal much in the way of the movie’s storyline, but it does have enough juicy clips of the M5 being used in a number of functions, most notably one where it appears that Benji is controlling it autonomously using a smartphone or tablet in something along the lines of a life-sized, futuristic radio-controlled car.

The relationship between the German automaker and the movie franchise harkens to a similar relationship that Aston Martin has had with the James Bond movie franchise. It must be said, though, that in some of the old Bond movies, BMW was the preferred ride-of-choice of 007 himself. Who can forget the E38 750iL that Bond controlled with his own phone back in 1997 in the movie Tomorrow Never Dies. It’s somewhat similar to what Benji’s doing in the trailer of M:I - Fallout, though the technologies have definitely changed in the two decades that have passed.

Mission Impossible - Fallout is scheduled to hit theaters in late July.

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