In the yet-untitled Mission Impossible 7 movie, Tom Cruise will once again don the hat of IMF operative Ethan Hunt who is on another of his world-saving trips. During a talk with Empire, Cruise has opened up about the adventure of shooting the seventh iteration in the iconic action-spy-thriller MI series during COVID-19. Not only these movies are big-scale shoots full of detailed practical effects and death-defying stunts, but they are also set in various countries, in actual locations.
How did Tom Cruise team achieve all that amid a global pandemic?
Tom Cruise said to Empire, “I’ve produced 30 to 40 movies. I am responsible for thousands, if not tens of thousands, of jobs. All my friends in the industry, people that are in distribution, and my crew were like, ‘What are we going to do? I could lose my house!’ So I told the studio and I told the industry, ‘We’re going back. We’re going to get everyone back to work. We’re going to start shooting in the summer. And we’re going to figure out how to do it safely.’”
"Naturally, the job was not easy, not by a long shot."- Tom Cruise
Cruise furthermore added, “It was seven days a week, it was around the clock, just dealing with a lot of high emotions with people, and helping them through it,” Cruise says. There was social distancing, there were masks, there were bubbles of crew members – one make-up artist for every two actors, plus heads of departments staying in hotel rooms on their own, driving to set, shooting the scene and then returning to the hotel until needed – and pods of five people, ready to quarantine if anyone within one contracted the virus.”
According to media reports, it has been a conflict to keep trespassers out of the Mission Impossible sets.
“The set is so large and open that it has been impossible to close it all off. So trespassers have been getting in and attempting to scale the rigs and equipment set up for the stunts. It is a health-and-safety nightmare. Police were called to one incident last week and then Tom was forced to take action when it happened again,” a source told The Sun. “This time two intruders were spotted clambering up the set, leading to security rushing to get them down. Extra security might have to be drafted in. Along with it being a safety nightmare, Tom and the team don’t want any delays to filming.”
In the film, Ethan Hunt and his collaborators face a new enemy who is endangering the world. Mission Impossible 7 is scheduled to be released in the summer of May 27, 2022.