A new video captured a behind-the-scenes look at the Mission: Impossible 7 set, where Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell were performing what appears to be a car crash scene. Beginning with Brian de Palma’s first film in 1996, the Mission: Impossible series, which stars Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, has quickly become one of the most acclaimed and commercially successful action franchises to date. Each movie seems to up the ante in terms of mind-blowing set pieces, nearly all of which Cruise famously performs himself without the assistance of stunt doubles. Cruise scaling the Burj Khalifa in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol ranks among the series’ most famous stunts, while the HALO jump in Mission: Impossible – Fallout remains an amazing filmmaking feat on its own.
If recent footage is any indication, Mission: Impossible 7 is sure to feature some of the franchise’s most jaw-dropping stunts yet. A video released last month showed Tom Cruise driving a motorcycle off an insane mountaintop ramp and deploying a parachute. Franchise newcomer and Peggy Carter herself Hayley Atwell posted a separate video of her atop a speeding train in Norway during what seemed to be another death-defying set piece.
It seems fans don’t have to wait too long in between leaks from set, as AP Entertainment tweeted a video this morning of Cruise and Atwell hard at work again in Rome on another Mission: Impossible 7 scene. Shot across the street from the film set, the footage appears to show the crew staging a car crash following the end of a chase, as Cruise rushes to pull Atwell from the smoking police vehicle. The video also shows Cruise smiling and waving to onlooking fans in between takes. Watch the full clip below:
WHEN IN ROME: @TomCruise waves to fans in between shooting @MissionFilm scenes for the seventh "Mission: Impossible" movie with Hayley Atwell in Rome. pic.twitter.com/BW30XUrr76
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) October 12, 2020
Cruise and Atwell aren’t the only cast members getting some dazzling stunt work done for Mission: Impossible 7. Over the summer, Rebecca Ferguson, who first appeared in Rogue Nation and will reprise her role as field operative Ilsa Faust, posted a photo of her aiming a sniper rifle as part of her weapons training for the film. While the leaked videos so far have focused on Cruise and Atwell, the franchise’s supporting players like Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby, and Ving Rhames will likely get their own exciting set piece or two as they have in past films.
With multiple new videos coming out over the last couple months alone, production on Mission: Impossible 7 seems to be plowing ahead with ease amid the industry’s new COVID-19 protocols. That hasn’t been the case with other blockbusters: The Batman, for example, saw its star Robert Pattinson test positive for COVID-19 and its legendary dialect coach Andrew Jack tragically die from the disease. The success of Mission: Impossible 7 during the pandemic may actually be attributed to Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie’s hunger for bigger, crazier stunts since most of them can only be shot in open outdoor spaces where contracting COVID-19 is less likely. With Paramount planning to shoot Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 back to back, it’s even more crucial for the production to safely stay on schedule and avoid any further shutdowns.
Source: AP Entertainment/Twitter