10/26/2011 AT 04:00 PM EDT
Mission: Don't Fall
It's been widely reported that Tom Cruise performed his own stunts
for the latest installment in the Mission: Impossible
series, Ghost Protocol
But a new video shows the moves are truly death-defying.
In the gasp-inducing sneak peek, Cruise, 49, dangles from a suspension cord and runs up, down and sideways along the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in downtown Dubai, which stretches 2,723 feet (just over half a mile) into the sky.
The scene was filmed using cameras in the building as well as a helicopter crew circling it.
"This is just another day at work on Mission: Impossible
," according to director Brad Bird.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
will hit theaters Dec. 21.