Tom Cruise was joined by his two principal co-stars on Wednesday as location filming commenced on the set of forthcoming film Mission: Impossible 7.
The Hollywood star had good company in the form of Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg during his latest appearance in Venice, where production continues in earnest following a lengthy disruption caused by the
Dressed in the casual black bomber jacket and matching jeans favoured by central character Ethan Hunt, Cruise, 58, appeared to be filming another scene with his co-stars on a deserted city square.
Here he is: Tom Cruise was dressed in character as Ethan Hunt while filming another scene on the Venice set of Mission: Impossible 7 on Wednesday
Exciting: Cos-stars Rebecca Ferguson (L) and Simon Pegg (second left) were previously spotted rehearsing another action packed scene
With a large bag slung over one shoulder, the actor was seen issuing commands through a walkie talkie while flanked by Ferguson and Pegg, who were also weighed down with heavy bags.
After weeks of shooting high octane scenes across the Italian city the mood appeared to be notably lighter on Wednesday, with Pegg – who reprises his role as field agent Benji Dunn – offering a broad grin as he walked alongside Cruise.
Ferguson, who also returns as former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust, was no less cheerful while making her way across the quiet exterior location.
Knockout blow: Pegg raised his arms aloft while mimicking being shot on Wednesday
Watch out: Kicks and blows appeared to rain down on the floored Pegg as he warded off an assailant while rehearsing his latest scene
Observer: Rebecca looked on as the scene was played out by Pegg and a crew of assistants
Pegg and Ferguson were reunited with their leading man after rehearsing what appeared to be a street fight with a group of assistants.
In accordance with current health and safety guidelines the group wore protective face coverings while choregraphing the violent scene.
As Ferguson looked on from the sidelines, Pegg was seen falling to the ground after appearing to be shot by a floored crew-member.
In good company: Cruise was joined by Pegg and Ferguson as he walked across a deserted city square later that day
They’ve got baggage: The stars were weighed down with heavy bags as they filmed their latest scene in the picturesque Italian city
In October Cruise held crisis talks with Mission Impossible 7 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.
Staying safe: In accordance with current health and safety guidelines Tom wore a face covering as he relaxed between takes
Low key: The actor was dressed in the casual black bomber jacket and matching jeans favoured by central character Ethan Hunt
Lets go: Pegg also masked up as he made his way across an empty street with members of the production team
He’s pleased: Tom smiled as he chatted with his co-stars during a break on the Italian set
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.
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.
Upbeat: After weeks of shooting high octane scenes across the Italian city the mood appeared to be notably lighter on Wednesday, with British star Pegg offering a broad grin
Jovial: Tom was in high spirts despite the Mission: Impossible shoot suffering lengthy delays as a result of the coronavirus health crisis
You’re surrounded: The production team were seen preparing the set before Tom and his co-stars filmed another scene on the square
Coming soon: The seventh instalment in the Mission: Impossible franchise is expected to go on general release in 2021
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 Cruise 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.
Stationary: Tom was rooted to the spot as cameras appeared to frame the leading man and his co-stars on Wednesday
Let’s talk: The actor grinned as he chatted to Rebecca, who reprises her role as former MI6agent Ilsa Faust
That’s better: The protective mask was back on as Tom relaxed on set