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Tom Cruise joins Rebecca Ferguson on Mission Impossible set following news filming was suspended

It’s a production that’s faced a multitude of setbacks while filming this year amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

But Tom Cruise looked in good spirits as he stepped out in Venice on Thursday evening to film night scenes for Mission Impossible 7.

The Hollywood actor, 58, waved at onlookers as he walked along Piazza San Marco in a black protective Covid mask. 

Good spirits: Tom Cruise looked in good spirits as he stepped out in Venice on Thursday evening to film night scenes for Mission Impossible 7

The Top Gun star looked dapper in an all-black ensemble, featuring a zipped up bomber jacket, black tracksuit trousers and black trainers.   

Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson was also seen arriving on set on Piazza San Marco on Thursday night. 

The 37-year-old – who stars as MI6 agent Ilsa Faust in the franchise – looked incredibly chic in a satin green shirt and high-waisted black trousers.

The Greatest Showman star wore a thick grey full-length puffer jacket over the top of her outfit to keep warm on the Venetian evening.

Action hero: The Hollywood actor, 58, waved at onlookers as he walked along Piazza San Marco in a black protective Covid mask

Action hero: The Hollywood actor, 58, waved at onlookers as he walked along Piazza San Marco in a black protective Covid mask

Suave: The Top Gun star looked dapper in an all-black ensemble, featuring a zipped up bomber jacket, black tracksuit trousers and black trainers

Suave: The Top Gun star looked dapper in an all-black ensemble, featuring a zipped up bomber jacket, black tracksuit trousers and black trainers

Co-star: Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson was also seen arriving on set on Piazza San Marco on Thursday night

Co-star: Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson was also seen arriving on set on Piazza San Marco on Thursday night

Stylish: The 37-year-old - who stars as MI6 agent Ilsa Faust in the franchise - looked incredibly chic in a satin green shirt and high-waisted black trousers

Stylish: The 37-year-old – who stars as MI6 agent Ilsa Faust in the franchise – looked incredibly chic in a satin green shirt and high-waisted black trousers

Like Tom, Rebecca kept things safe by wearing a Covid face mask, as she was joined by a colleague in a shirt and jacket on set.

It appeared the cast and crew had the piazza to themselves as they started filming dramatic scenes in the heart of Venice.

Tom was seen marching down a flight of grand marble stairs, while a host of attendants in high-vis jackets swirled around him. 

The Minority Report star appeared totally at ease as he made his way onto the main square below, accustomed as he is to the part of leading man in a Hollywood blockbuster. 

Beset with problems: Only last week, Tom held crisis talks with Mission Impossible 7 director Christopher McQuarrie days after 12 people on set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

Beset with problems: Only last week, Tom held crisis talks with Mission Impossible 7 director Christopher McQuarrie days after 12 people on set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

Wrapped up:" The Greatest Showman star wore a thick grey full-length puffer jacket over the top of her outft to keep warm on the Venetian evening.

Wrapped up: The Greatest Showman star wore a thick grey full-length puffer jacket over the top of her outfit to keep warm on the Venetian evening

Covid secure: Like Tom, Rebecca kept things safe by wearing a coronavirus face mask while she walked around the piazza

Covid secure: Like Tom, Rebecca kept things safe by wearing a coronavirus face mask while she walked around the piazza

Elsewhere, crew members were seen shooting a giant water cannon into the centre of the square for another exciting sequence.

And all around the grand old buildings of Venice stood silent, watching on as a classic Hollywood action sequence played itself out in the darkened surroundings. 

This latest shoot, comes as Tom held crisis talks with Mission Impossible 7 director Christopher McQuarrie last week, days after 12 people on set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.  

Health chiefs were said to be tracing the contacts of those who tested positive after filming was suspended, dashing hopes it was an isolated case.  

Filming: Tom was seen marching down a flight of grand marble stairs, while a host of attendants in high-vis jackets swirled around him

Filming: Tom was seen marching down a flight of grand marble stairs, while a host of attendants in high-vis jackets swirled around him

Star treatment: It appeared the cast and crew had the piazza to themselves as they started filming dramatic scenes in the heart of Venice

Star treatment: It appeared the cast and crew had the piazza to themselves as they started filming dramatic scenes in the heart of Venice

It appeared to be yet another blow for the action movie franchise after filming was suspended earlier this year during the first European wave of coronavirus when cases rose sharply in Italy.

 The actor and the director, who worked together on previous Mission Impossible movies and Jack Reacher, were deep in conversation at their luxury base in the city, days after the situation came to light, but filming has now been allowed to continue with production restarting on Monday.

In October The Sun reported 150 extras for the film were informed they were not to come in to shoot scenes that were on the filming schedule for the evening.

Dramatic: Elsewhere, crew members were seen shooting a giant water cannon into the centre of the square for another exciting sequence

Dramatic: Elsewhere, crew members were seen shooting a giant water cannon into the centre of the square for another exciting sequence

Relaxed: The Minority Report star appeared totally at ease as he made his way onto the main square below, accustomed as he is to the part of leading man in a Hollywood blockbuster

Relaxed: The Minority Report star appeared totally at ease as he made his way onto the main square below, accustomed as he is to the part of leading man in a Hollywood blockbuster

While no official reason was given for the sudden decision, it was claimed a coronavirus test had come back positive from the production so filming needed to be suspended temporarily.

A source speaking to the publication claimed: ‘There are about 150 extras involved in the filming and late on Thursday they were all told not to turn up for work and they would be notified when they would be allowed back on set. 

‘No official reason has been given but it’s feared it’s down to COVID and this will be the second time the production has been hit because of the virus.’ 

Crisis talks: At the time, it appeared to be yet another blow for the action movie franchise after filming was suspended earlier this year during the first European wave of coronavirus. Tom is pictured here filming in October

Crisis talks: At the time, it appeared to be yet another blow for the action movie franchise after filming was suspended earlier this year during the first European wave of coronavirus. Tom is pictured here filming in October

Outbreak: Health chiefs were said to be tracing the contacts of those who tested positive after filming was suspended, but production has now been allowed to resume as of Monday

Outbreak: Health chiefs were said to be tracing the contacts of those who tested positive after filming was suspended, but production has now been allowed to resume as of Monday

Crew also urged members of the public to remain socially distanced from one another as they waited to see the stars, while Tom and director Christopher are also said to have made the request.

Shortly after, The Sun reported that health chiefs were tracing contacts of at least 12 people who tested positive from the set after filming was suspended, dashing hopes it was an isolated case. 

MailOnline contacted Paramount Pictures and Tom Cruise’s representatives for comment at the time. 

Delays: In October, it was reported 150 extras for the film were informed they were not to come in to shoot scenes that were on the filming schedule for the evening (Tom and co-star Hayley Atwell pictured in Rome)

Delays: In October, it was reported 150 extras for the film were informed they were not to come in to shoot scenes that were on the filming schedule for the evening (Tom and co-star Hayley Atwell pictured in Rome)

Filming was suspended in Venice after the first case emerged but producers hoped it would be an isolated case, and they planned for shooting to start again late last month. 

A health official said at the time: ‘It is important that we track and trace all of the contacts of these people to keep the infection under control.’

The Sun reported sets were seen being dismantled in the city’s Palazzo Ducale after the incident, however filming has now begun to take place once more.  

Earlier this year, filming for the upcoming action movie was halted in Italy after cases of coronavirus rose sharply.  

The crew and actors remained in Norway to film for the following months, before returning to the Italian capital to continue with scenes once it was safe to do so.

It was reported this summer that Hollywood legend Tom hired a £500,000 ship for the film’s crew in Norway to avoid any coronavirus-related delays. 

Mission Impossible 7 will be released on November 19, 2021.

Frustrating: Filming was already delayed for months after COVID-19 spread across Italy, where production had been based in March, leading the release to be pushed to November 2021

Frustrating: Filming was already delayed for months after COVID-19 spread across Italy, where production had been based in March, leading the release to be pushed to November 2021


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