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Tom Cruise films action scenes for Mission Impossible 7 in Rome

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 21/11/2020 Bryony Jewell For Mailonline
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They're back filming Mission Impossible 7 in Italy after having to pause and then relocate to Norway amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

And Tom Cruise was hard at work as he shot some very dramatic action scenes with co-star Hayley Atwell at Via dei Fori Romani in Rome on Saturday.

The Hollywood legend, 58, cut a dapper figure as he transformed into his character Ethan Hunt by wearing a grey waistcoat and white shirt. 

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Hard at work: Tom Cruise cut a dapper figure as he transformed into character Ethan Hunt by wearing a grey waistcoat while filming Mission Impossible 7 in Rome on Saturday © Provided by Daily Mail Hard at work: Tom Cruise cut a dapper figure as he transformed into character Ethan Hunt by wearing a grey waistcoat while filming Mission Impossible 7 in Rome on Saturday

Tom completed his smart ensemble with matching trousers and a patterned tie while also ensuring to don a face mask in between takes.

During the shoot, the star was seen acting inside a black car alongside Hayley and leaning towards her as they turned corners.

Hayley was sat behind the wheel, with Tom holding onto the dash for some of the shoot, and put on an animated display as they moved the road.

Although in the driver's seat, the vehicle was controlled by a stunt driver who could be seen sitting in the back as Tom, who is known for doing his own stunts, and the Agent Carter star, 38, acted.

a person driving a car: In action: The Hollywood star was seen leaning towards co-star Hayley Atwell as they drove along the road in a black car © Provided by Daily Mail In action: The Hollywood star was seen leaning towards co-star Hayley Atwell as they drove along the road in a black car

The shoot is understood to be nearing completion after a turbulent filming schedule caused by the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.

In October Tom held crisis talks with director Christopher McQuarrie 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. 

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. 

a car parked in a parking lot: Dramatic: Hayley put on an animated display as she sat behind the steering wheel

Dramatic: Hayley put on an animated display as she sat behind the steering wheel
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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 in recent weeks.


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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.

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 man talking on a cell phone: In character: Tom showed off a handcuff, which he was also seen wearing while filming in Rome on Friday, around his wrist as he waved to the crowds © Provided by Daily Mail In character: Tom showed off a handcuff, which he was also seen wearing while filming in Rome on Friday, around his wrist as he waved to the crowds

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.' 

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. 

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

a close up of a car: Upcoming: Mission Impossible 7 is due for release next November after filming was delayed amid the pandemic (pictured Tom and Hayley in the car on Saturday)

Upcoming: Mission Impossible 7 is due for release next November after filming was delayed amid the pandemic (pictured Tom and Hayley in the car on Saturday)
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Earlier this year, filming for the upcoming action movie was halted in Italy after cases of coronavirus rose sharply.

The crew and actors headed to Norway to film instead, 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.

The filming had already been delayed for months after COVID-19 spread across Italy, where production had been based in March, leading the release date to be pushed back to November 2021. 

a boat in the water with a city in the background: 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 back © Provided by Daily Mail 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 back

'They are terrified of further delays. Tom is determined not to see any more hold-ups. The studio believes it will keep everyone safe and get this shoot wrapped up', a source told The Sun earlier this summer.

It was recently claimed that Tom was 'exempt from Norway's quarantine rules' as he restarted filming in the Scandinavian country.   

The media personality revealed how 'excited' he was to start shooting the latest instalment of the franchise in a phone call with Norway's Minister of Culture Abid Raja. 

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

Hayley Atwell, Tom Cruise are posing for a picture: Delays: In October, it was reported 150 extras were informed they were not to come in to shoot scenes that were on the filming schedule (Tom and co-star Hayley pictured in October) © Provided by Daily Mail Delays: In October, it was reported 150 extras were informed they were not to come in to shoot scenes that were on the filming schedule (Tom and co-star Hayley pictured in October) Read more
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