Tom Cruise has built a "COVID-19-secure" studio to finish filming Mission: Impossible 7.
The 58-year-old actor has spent millions to revamp Longcross, a former top military base in Surrey, into a secure film set as he is determined to wrap filming on the latest instalment in the action franchise, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column.
Longcross was once a Ministry of Defence site used to test army tanks, but has since been redeveloped as studios, housing mega productions including Skyfall, Thor: The Dark World and more recently, The King's Man and Death on the Nile.
According to Variety, Tom has returned to the UK after a Christmas break in the US. Longcross falls within Tier 4 (the highest level of restrictions whereby non-essential shops, hairdressers, and leisure and entertainment venues must close), although productions are allowed to continue under strict COVID-19 protocols. The film is expected to complete principal photography there.
During the holiday period, large areas of England are designated Tier 4, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and alarm about a new strain of coronavirus spreading rapidly. The last week — including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day — have seen 256,200 new cases, a surge of 25.7 per cent.
Filming will move from Leavesden in Hertfordshire, where Tom infamously raged at crew members for not socially distancing on set, amid fears a COVID-19 breakout could shut down production.
He was seen yelling: “If I see you do it again, you’re f****** gone. And if anyone in this crew does it, that’s it.”
Production of Mission: Impossible 7 was put on hold in March due to the global coronavirus pandemic. It resumed in Venice in September but was suspended in October when 12 people on set tested positive for COVID-19. Filming continued a week later and returned to the UK in December.
Mission: Impossible 7 is scheduled to release Nov. 18, 2021. — BANG
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