Like so many TV and movie productions, Mission: Impossible 7 has been on hold for several months now due to coronavirus. First, a portion of the shoot in Venice, Italy was suspended, and then another portion in Surrey, England was left hanging when the U.K. went into lockdown.
However, franchise regular Simon Pegg has now given an update on the sequel’s process, telling Variety that “the plan” is to resume shooting in September.
Pegg, who plays tech expert Benji Dunn in the action franchise, explained that shooting “will begin with the outdoor stuff,” adding: “That feels fairly doable, and obviously there will be precautions put in place.”
Pegg’s comments have been echoed by crew member Tommy Gormley, the film’s first assistant director, who said Tuesday on BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “We hope to restart in September. We hope to visit all the countries we planned to. We hope to do a big chunk of it back in the U.K. on the backlot and in the studio.”
Mission: Impossible 7 is the third consecutive movie in the franchise to be directed by Christopher McQuarrie following 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Once again, franchise lead Tom Cruise is being joined by Pegg, Ving Rhames, Vanessa Kirby, and Rebecca Ferguson, as well as by franchise newbie Hayley Atwell, who has been cast in an unknown role.
Mission: Impossible 7 was originally scheduled for release on July 23, 2021, but has now been pushed back to November 19, 2021 following the coronavirus delays.
You can whet your appetite by watching Cruise and Pegg – who clearly get on famously – chatting about the last Mission: Impossible movie on The Graham Norton Show.
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