Tom Cruise returns to set to film Mission Impossible 7 after delays due to ‘COVID-19 outbreak’

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Filming for Mission Impossible 7 restarted on Monday after production was halted due to 12 people on set reportedly testing positive for COVID-19

Tom Cruise was seen shooting scenes along the canals of the Italian city, where he ran at full pelt as camera crew filmed him while speeding past on a boat.

The Hollywood legend, 58, transformed into his character Ethan Hawke by dressing in a black suit and an open-collared white shirt. 

Back on! Tom Cruise returned to shoot action scenes for Mission Impossible 7 in Venice on Monday as production resumed after filming was suspended

Back on! Tom Cruise returned to shoot action scenes for Mission Impossible 7 in Venice on Monday as production resumed after filming was suspended

While he wasn’t filming Tom made sure to keep safe amid the coronavirus crisis by wearing a black face mask that appeared to have two layers of protective filters.

The actor seemed to be working in the scenes on his own, as he was the only person seen shooting with the crew while running up the same street multiple times.

Tom was also seen waiting patiently as the crew set up the scene once more, using a smoke machine to create an eerie atmosphere for the night shoots.

Wardrobe: The Hollywood legend, 58, transformed into his character Ethan Hawke as he dressed in a black suit and an open-collared white shirt

Wardrobe: The Hollywood legend, 58, transformed into his character Ethan Hawke as he dressed in a black suit and an open-collared white shirt

Busy schedule: The actor seemed to be working in the scenes on his own, as he was the only person seen shooting with the crew while running up the same street multiple times

Busy schedule: The actor seemed to be working in the scenes on his own, as he was the only person seen shooting with the crew while running up the same street multiple times

Staying safe: While he wasn't filming Tom made sure to keep safe amid the coronavirus crisis by wearing a black face mask that appeared to have two layers of protection

Producer: Tom was seen looking around the street at their set for the night

Staying safe: While he wasn’t filming Tom made sure to keep safe amid the coronavirus crisis by wearing a black face mask that appeared to have two layers of protection

Preparing: Tom was also seen waiting patiently as the crew set up the scene once more

Preparing: Tom was also seen waiting patiently as the crew set up the scene once more

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.  

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.

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.

Heading in: Earlier on, Tom was seen walking to set through the empty streets of Venice

Heading in: Earlier on, Tom was seen walking to set through the empty streets of Venice

Setting up again: A crew member using a smoke machine to create an eerie atmosphere for the night shoots

Setting up again: A crew member using a smoke machine to create an eerie atmosphere for the night shoots

Small team: A camera crew of four or five people were on hand to film the scene with Tom

Small team: A camera crew of four or five people were on hand to film the scene with Tom

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 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: Last week, Tom (pictured in October) held crisis talks with his Mission Impossible 7 director days after 12 people on set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

Crisis talks: Last week, Tom (pictured in October) held crisis talks with his Mission Impossible 7 director days after 12 people on set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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. 

Concerns: Filming was suspended and sets were seen being dismantled in the city's Palazzo Ducale in Venice after the first case emerged (Tom and co-star Hayley Atwell pictured in Rome)

Concerns: Filming was suspended and sets were seen being dismantled in the city’s Palazzo Ducale in Venice after the first case emerged (Tom and co-star Hayley Atwell pictured in Rome)

The crew and actors headed to Norway to film ever since, 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.

‘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.

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

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.

Simon stars as IMF technician Benji Dunn in the Mission Impossible franchise, reprising his role for the fifth time in the much-anticipated upcoming movie 

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

Delays: The film is scheduled for released on November 19 2021

Delays: The film is scheduled for released on November 19 2021

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