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Mission Impossible 7 star Hayley Atwell is seen out jogging in Venice as filming is delayed AGAIN


Mission Impossible 7 star Hayley Atwell was seen out jogging in Venice on Thursday, days after filming was again halted due to COVID-19.

The Agent Carter actress, 38, who is starring opposite the movie’s leading man Tom Cruise, cut a low-key figure as she zipped through the streets in the wake of reports that 12 people on-set have tested positive for the virus.  

At the end of last week, it was claimed the movie could be hit by further delays due to fears over a COVID-19 outbreak on set in Venice. 

On the job: Mission Impossible 7 star Hayley Atwell was seen out jogging in Venice on Thursday, days after filming was again halted due to COVID-19

On the job: Mission Impossible 7 star Hayley Atwell was seen out jogging in Venice on Thursday, days after filming was again halted due to COVID-19

Health chiefs are said to be tracing the contacts of those who tested positive after filming was suspended, dashing hopes it was an isolated case. 

It is 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. 

According to a report in The Sun on Friday, 150 extras for Mission Impossible 7 were informed that they were not to come in to shoot scenes that were on the filming schedule for Thursday 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.

Concerns: At the end of last week, it was claimed the movie could be hit by further delays due to fears over a COVID-19 outbreak on set in Venice (Hayley and Tom Cruise, pictured filming in Rome earlier this month)

Concerns: At the end of last week, it was claimed the movie could be hit by further delays due to fears over a COVID-19 outbreak on set in Venice (Hayley and Tom Cruise, pictured filming in Rome earlier this month)

Running away: The Agent Carter actress, 38, cut a low-key figure as she zipped through the streets in the wake of reports that 12 people on-set have tested positive for the virus

Running away: The Agent Carter actress, 38, cut a low-key figure as she zipped through the streets in the wake of reports that 12 people on-set have tested positive for the virus

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 while waiting to see the stars, while Tom and director Christopher McQuarrie are also said to have made the request.

On Monday, The Sun reported that health chiefs are tracing contacts of at least 12 people to test positive form the set after filming was suspended, dashing hopes it was an isolated case. 

Trouble: It is 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

Trouble: It is 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

MailOnline has contacted Paramount Pictures and Tom Cruise’s representatives for comment. 

Filming was suspended in Venice last week after the first case emerged but according to Monday’s report producers hoped it would be an isolated case, and shooting could start again over the weekend.

It’s thought that filming has yet to resume however as health chiefs scrambled to track and trace contacts of the multiple people to test positive.   

A health official said: ‘It is important that we track and trace all of the contacts of these people to keep the infection under control.’

Out and about: She was zipping through the streets

Out and about: She was zipping through the streets

The Sun reported sets were seen being dismantled in the city’s Palazzo Ducale earlier this week, while there’s been no sign of any filming taking place in recent days. 

Earlier this year, filming for the upcoming action movie was halted in Italy after cases of coronavirus rose sharply.

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.

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 to November 2021

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 to November 2021

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.

Running along: It was recently claimed that Tom was 'exempt from Norway's quarantine rules' as he restarted filming in the Scandinavian country

Running along: It was recently claimed that Tom was ‘exempt from Norway’s quarantine rules’ as he restarted filming in the Scandinavian country

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 is due to be released on November 19, 2021.

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