Hayley Atwell films fight scenes in Venice on set of Mission Impossible 7

The cast of Mission Impossible 7 have got back to work after filming halted due to 12 people on set reportedly testing positive for COVID-19.

And Hayley Atwell and Esai Morales threw themselves into brutal fight scenes for the film in the deserted streets of Venice during a night shoot on Monday.

The actress, 38, was seen being strangled by villain Esai Morales as her as-yet-unnamed character fended off her adversary.

Strangled: Hayley Atwell and Esai Morales threw themselves into brutal fight scenes for the film in the deserted streets of Venice during a night shoot on Monday

Strangled: Hayley Atwell and Esai Morales threw themselves into brutal fight scenes for the film in the deserted streets of Venice during a night shoot on Monday

Strangled: Hayley Atwell and Esai Morales threw themselves into brutal fight scenes for the film in the deserted streets of Venice during a night shoot on Monday

Take that! Hayley's character fought back after she was grabbed by the throat, throwing a punch at Esai's villain

Take that! Hayley's character fought back after she was grabbed by the throat, throwing a punch at Esai's villain

Take that! Hayley’s character fought back after she was grabbed by the throat, throwing a punch at Esai’s villain

Hayley put on an androgynous chic display in her role as she wore a black waistcoat over a white shirt and black trousers.

Her brunette locks were pulled back into a ponytail for efficiency during the fight scene, which saw her fight off Esai after he grabbed her by the throat and pinned her against a bridge.

Esai, 58, embodied his evil character as he wrapped his hand around Hayley’s throat, before she took a swing at him during the scenes.

Going for it: Esai looked terrifying as he grabbed Hayley by the neck in the tense scenes

Going for it: Esai looked terrifying as he grabbed Hayley by the neck in the tense scenes

Going for it: Esai looked terrifying as he grabbed Hayley by the neck in the tense scenes 

Grappling: The actress, 38, was seen being strangled by villain Esai Morales as her as-yet-unnamed character fended off her adversary

Grappling: The actress, 38, was seen being strangled by villain Esai Morales as her as-yet-unnamed character fended off her adversary

Grappling: The actress, 38, was seen being strangled by villain Esai Morales as her as-yet-unnamed character fended off her adversary

Fight night: Hayley had her throat grabbed by Esai during the scenes but managed to fend the villain off

Fight night: Hayley had her throat grabbed by Esai during the scenes but managed to fend the villain off

Action-packed: Hayley was seen darting away from Esai as filming commenced

Action-packed: Hayley was seen darting away from Esai as filming commenced

Fight night: Hayley had her throat grabbed by Esai during the scenes but managed to fend the villain off

Chat: Hayley put on an androgynous chic display in her role as she wore a black waistcoat over a white shirt and black trousers

Chat: Hayley put on an androgynous chic display in her role as she wore a black waistcoat over a white shirt and black trousers

Chat: Hayley put on an androgynous chic display in her role as she wore a black waistcoat over a white shirt and black trousers

Before and after: The pair were also seen abiding by COVID-19 regulations as they practiced their fight scenes beforehand, while wearing face masks

Before and after: The pair were also seen abiding by COVID-19 regulations as they practiced their fight scenes beforehand, while wearing face masks

Scene: Hayley pulled a fierce expression as she fought back

Scene: Hayley pulled a fierce expression as she fought back

Before and after: The pair were also seen abiding by COVID-19 regulations as they practiced their fight scenes beforehand, while wearing face masks

Blow: Hayley character attempted to land a blow on Esai's villain during filming

Blow: Hayley character attempted to land a blow on Esai's villain during filming

Blow: Hayley character attempted to land a blow on Esai’s villain during filming 

 He wore a white dinner suit paired with a black tie for the gritty scenes. 

The pair were also seen abiding by COVID-19 regulations as they practiced their fight scenes beforehand, while wearing face masks.

Fighting atop a bridge, the pair were seen practising their moves before getting into the swing of things when the cameras started rolling.

Fight: The pair certainly threw themselves into their scenes as they fought on a bridge

Fight: The pair certainly threw themselves into their scenes as they fought on a bridge

Fight: The pair certainly threw themselves into their scenes as they fought on a bridge

Practice run: The pair wore face masks as they practised the fight scenes before filming

Practice run: The pair wore face masks as they practised the fight scenes before filming

Grab: Esai grabbed Hayley's throat as they pair fought during the scene

Grab: Esai grabbed Hayley's throat as they pair fought during the scene

Practice run: The pair wore face masks as they practised the fight scenes before filming 

Jab: Hayley  was seen practising her punches as the pair prepared to film

Jab: Hayley  was seen practising her punches as the pair prepared to film

Jab: Hayley  was seen practising her punches as the pair prepared to film

OMG: Hayley was seen brandishing a knife as she prepared to film the fight scenes

OMG: Hayley was seen brandishing a knife as she prepared to film the fight scenes

OMG: Hayley was seen brandishing a knife as she prepared to film the fight scenes

High-octane: The actors gave their all to the scenes, with Hayley dangled upside down

High-octane: The actors gave their all to the scenes, with Hayley dangled upside down

What's going on? Hayley was put in a head lock by Esai during the scene

What's going on? Hayley was put in a head lock by Esai during the scene

High-octane: The actors gave their all to the scenes, with Hayley dangled upside down (R)

Last month, Hayley’s co-star Tom Cruise 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 with production restarting last week.

Tense: Hayley looked shocked as her character was grabbed by the neck in the violent scene

Tense: Hayley looked shocked as her character was grabbed by the neck in the violent scene

Tense: Hayley looked shocked as her character was grabbed by the neck in the violent scene

Battle of wills: Hayley was seen brandishing a knife as the pair's fight scene played out

Battle of wills: Hayley was seen brandishing a knife as the pair's fight scene played out

Battle of wills: Hayley was seen brandishing a knife as the pair's fight scene played out

Battle of wills: Hayley was seen brandishing a knife as the pair's fight scene played out

Battle of wills: Hayley was seen brandishing a knife as the pair’s fight scene played out

Back off! Hayley held a knife out as she practiced the fight scene with Esai

Back off! Hayley held a knife out as she practiced the fight scene with Esai

Back off! Hayley held a knife out as she practiced the fight scene with Esai 

Brutal: The pair were seen throwing punches as they practiced with their face masks on

Brutal: The pair were seen throwing punches as they practiced with their face masks on

Punch: Esai approached Hayley as the practice continued

Punch: Esai approached Hayley as the practice continued

Brutal: The pair were seen throwing punches as they practiced with their face masks on

Nightfall: The pair were seen giving their all to the scenes against the scenic backdrop

Nightfall: The pair were seen giving their all to the scenes against the scenic backdrop

Nightfall: The pair were seen giving their all to the scenes against the scenic backdrop

Focus: The pair got into character as they fought on a bridge in Venice

Focus: The pair got into character as they fought on a bridge in Venice

Focus: The pair got into character as they fought on a bridge in Venice 

Ready, fight! Hayley approached Esai as the pair went through the fight motions

Ready, fight! Hayley approached Esai as the pair went through the fight motions

Ready, fight! Hayley approached Esai as the pair went through the fight motions

Dramatic: The actress appeared to be trading punches with Esai in the fight scene

Dramatic: The actress appeared to be trading punches with Esai in the fight scene

Dramatic: The actress appeared to be trading punches with Esai in the fight scene

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.’ 

Ensemble: Hayley looked focused as she filmed the high-octane fight scene

Ensemble: Hayley looked focused as she filmed the high-octane fight scene

Efficient: Her brunette locks were pulled back into a ponytail for efficiency during the fight scene, which saw her pretend to punch and kick her co-star

Efficient: Her brunette locks were pulled back into a ponytail for efficiency during the fight scene, which saw her pretend to punch and kick her co-star

Ensemble: Hayley looked focused as she filmed the high-octane fight scene

Trading punches: Fighting atop a bridge, the pair were seen practising their moves before getting into the swing of things when the cameras started rolling

Trading punches: Fighting atop a bridge, the pair were seen practising their moves before getting into the swing of things when the cameras started rolling

Trading punches: Fighting atop a bridge, the pair were seen practising their moves before getting into the swing of things when the cameras started rolling

Time for a break: Hayley was seen drinking water after a take as she prepared with her co-stars

Time for a break: Hayley was seen drinking water after a take as she prepared with her co-stars

Time for a break: Hayley was seen drinking water after a take as she prepared with her co-stars

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. 

What's going on? Esai and Hayley looked invested in the scenes as their characters fought

What's going on? Esai and Hayley looked invested in the scenes as their characters fought

What’s going on? Esai and Hayley looked invested in the scenes as their characters fought

Fight: As well as Hayley filming the fight scenes, a stunt double was also seen on set

Fight: As well as Hayley filming the fight scenes, a stunt double was also seen on set

Spat: The pair were seen giving the fight scene their all

Spat: The pair were seen giving the fight scene their all

Fight: As well as Hayley filming the fight scenes, a stunt double was also seen on set (R)

Night shoot: Hayley threw her head back as she was strangled by Esai as she wielded a knife

Night shoot: Hayley threw her head back as she was strangled by Esai as she wielded a knife

Night shoot: Hayley threw her head back as she was strangled by Esai as she wielded a knife

Close call: Hayley used a knife to fend off Esai's villain as director Christopher McQuarrie watched on

Close call: Hayley used a knife to fend off Esai's villain as director Christopher McQuarrie watched on

Gritty: Esai jumped backwards as Hayley attemped to get the upper hand in the scene

Gritty: Esai jumped backwards as Hayley attemped to get the upper hand in the scene

Close call: Hayley used a knife to fend off Esai’s villain as director Christopher McQuarrie watched on

Crisis talks: Last month, Tom Cruise (pictured in October) held crisis talks with his director Christopher McQuarrie days after 12 people on set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

Crisis talks: Last month, Tom Cruise (pictured in October) held crisis talks with his director Christopher McQuarrie days after 12 people on set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

Crisis talks: Last month, Tom Cruise (pictured in October) held crisis talks with his director Christopher McQuarrie 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 was allowed to resume as of last week

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

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

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. 

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 Rome)

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 Rome)

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 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 back

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

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

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

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

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