The cast of Mission Impossible 7 have got back to work after filming halted due to 12 people on set reportedly testing positive for
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 (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
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
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
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
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
Dramatic: The actress appeared to be trading punches with Esai in the fight scene
While no official reason was given for the sudden decision, it was claimed a
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
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
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.
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 (R)
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
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
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)
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
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