'Mission: Impossible 7' to resume filming after coronavirus shutdown

Tom Cruise. (Getty Images)
Tom Cruise. (Getty Images)
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  • Production for Mission: Impossible 7 was brought to a halt after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.
  • The area where they were filming was deemed a high-risk zone for the virus.
  • First assistant director Tommy Gormley said in an interview that they hope to restart filming in September.

Mission: Impossible 7 will reportedly resume filming in September after production shut down in February due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tom Cruise had to leave the set in Venice, Italy after the area was deemed a high-risk zone.

In an interview with Variety, Simon Pegg, who plays Benji Dunn in the franchise, said that the plan is to restart filming in September and that the outdoor scenes will be done first.

"That feels fairly doable, and obviously there will be precautions put in place."

First assistant director Tommy Gormley said in an interview with BBC Radio 4 Today that they hope to visit all the countries they planned to and hope to film a big chunk in the UK on the backlot and in studio, reports Deadline.

The film, which was scheduled to be released in November 2021, has now been delayed to November 2022.

Tommy is confident that they will reach the release target if they film from September 2020 through to April or May 2021.

Asked about the challenges the production might face in the current pandemic climate Tommy said: "If we have the protocols in place and we break down all the procedures very carefully…we will get it going again. Some things are very challenging such as stunt scenes, crowd scenes etc. but we can't do a Mission Impossible movie and not have a fight scene or car scenes in it."

Tom reprises his role as Ethan Hawke with Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Vanessa Kirby and Rebecca Ferguson all reprising their roles.

New cast members include Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Esai Morales (Ozark) and Shea Whigham (Kong: Skull Island).

Christopher McQuarrie, who directed Rogue Nation and Fallout, is back at the helm.

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