Tom Cruise is no stranger to performing his own stunts, especially when it comes to filming instalments in the action-packed Mission: Impossible franchise. The seventh movie, which is set to start shooting later this year, looks like it's going to test its lead actor's bravery just as much as its predecessors.
Just a few days after Paramount Pictures announced it was postponing production in Venice due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a photograph emerged online of the Hollywood star practising a motorbike trick.
Despite excited fan speculation, the studio has confirmed that filming has not yet resumed and the image was, in fact, from a rehearsal run a few weeks ago.
"Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three-week shoot in Venice, the scheduled first leg of an extensive production for Mission: Impossible 7," a spokesperson stated recently.
"During this hiatus we want to be mindful of the concerns of the crew and are allowing them to return home until production starts. We will continue to monitor this situation, and work alongside health and government officials as it evolves."
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Mission: Impossible 7 boasts a star-studded cast, with the likes of Agent Carter's Hayley Atwell and Shea Whigham, Guardians of the Galaxy's Pom Klementieff and X-Men: Dark Phoenix's Nicholas Hoult joining Cruise onscreen.
Familiar franchise player's Vanessa Kirby, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson will also appear.
Mission: Impossible 7 is currently scheduled to be released in UK on July 23, 2021. If all goes ahead as planned, its sequel will reach cinemas on August 5, 2022.
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