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'Mission: Impossible 7' to Begin Production Again in September After COVID-19 Shutdown

It looks like Mission: Impossible 7 is eyeing a September restart after production on the film was shut down earlier this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

One of the stars of the film, Simon Pegg, spoke to Variety and confirmed September is “the plan.”

“That will begin with the outdoor stuff,” he said, “That feels fairly doable, and obviously there will be precautions put in place.”

“People that are involved in any close proximity stuff, it will have to be determined that they’re safe to do that. I don’t know what the testing situation is, how that works, or whether they’ll be able to be tested regularly,” Simon added about shooting a major action film amid this virus.

There was a major casting change with regard to the new Tom Cruise movie. See who got replaced.

Ozark's Esai Morales to Replace Nicholas Hoult As 'Mission: Impossible' Villain - Find Out Why

Esai Morales, known for his work in Ozark and How to Get Away with Murder, is joining the cast of Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8, director Christopher McQuarrie revealed on his Instagram on Thursday (May 21).

However, Deadline is now reporting that Esai, 57, is actually replacing Nicholas Hoult in the movie in the villain role for the films.

The reason why Nicholas is being replaced? The Coronavirus pandemic has delayed production of tons of movies and television shows across the globe. As a result, the “delay put Hoult in conflict with another commitment.”

The film currently has a release date of July 23, 2021, but that could change as many films have had to alter release dates due to the global health crisis.

If you missed it, Nicholas just made a super rare comment about his two-year-old son.

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'Mission: Impossible' Sequels Get New Release Dates Amid Pandemic

Mission: Impossible will be on hold for a little longer.

The next sequels of the Tom Cruise franchise are being pushed back amid the pandemic, Variety reported on Friday (April 24).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Tom Cruise

Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8, the next two chapters of the franchise, were originally due out July 21, 2021 and August 5, 2022. They will now be released November 19, 2021 and November 4, 2022.

Production on the seventh movie was halted in Italy amid the coronavirus crisis, resulting in “a chance the latest tentpole in the globe-trotting spy series wouldn’t have been completed in time for its original release.”

Find out which other movies have been pushed back amid the pandemic.

'Mission: Impossible 7' Halted Due To Coronavirus

Production on the next installment of Mission: Impossible 7 has been halted as the coronavirus continues to spread.

Deadline reports that production for the seventh film in the franchise starring Tom Cruise has been postponed for the moment due to the reported 219 cases in the country.

Venice’s local government has actually put a stop to all public gatherings, closed all schools and museums and even brought an early stop to the Venice carnival.

Mission: Impossible 7 was set to film in Venice for three weeks before moving onto other European locations.

“Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three week shoot in Venice, the scheduled first leg of an extensive production for Mission: Impossible 7,” Paramount Pictures released in their statement. “During this hiatus we want to be mindful of the concerns of the crew and are allowing them to return home until production starts. We will continue to monitor this situation, and work alongside health and government officials as it evolves.”

This other big budget movie’s premiere was cancelled in China due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pom Klementieff to Star in Next 'Mission: Impossible' Movie

Pom Klementieff is starring in the new Mission: Impossible movie!

The 33-year-old actress is set to join the cast of the upcoming film alongside Tom Cruise, who is reprising his role as Ethan Hunt, Variety reported on Tuesday (November 19).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Pom Klementieff

Christopher McQuarrie will return to direct the seventh and eighth movies, which will be shot back-to-back. Hayley Atwell will also star.

The seventh film is set to hit theaters on July 23, 2021, while the eighth will hit theaters on Aug. 5, 2022.

READ MORE: Tom Cruise Announces Upcoming ‘Mission: Impossible’ Movies

Henry Cavill Hosts 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Beijing Midnight Fan Screening!

Henry Cavill is all smiles as he hits the stage to speak at the special midnight fan screening of his hit film Mission: Impossible – Fallout held at the Wanda CBD Cinema on Thursday (August 30) in Beijing, China.

The 35-year-old actor was joined at the event by his co-star Simon Pegg, as well as writer-director Christopher McQuarrie as they all introduced the flick to the audience.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Henry Cavill

The day before, Henry and Simon were joined by their leading star Tom Cruise at the Chinese premiere of Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

The sixth episode of the franchise so far has earned roughly $538 million in worldwide box office returns. The film is scheduled for release in Chinese cinemas on August 31!

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'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Tops Box Office Second Week In a Row, 'Christopher Robin' Debuts at No. 2

Mission: Impossible Fallout stays on top for the second week in a row!

The sixth film in the franchise, starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, and more, raked in another $35 million for it’s second week in theaters.

The Ewan McGregor-led Christopher Robin came in at number two for it’s debut weekend with $25 million. This is the second time this year a Disney film has not debuted at number one - A Wrinkle In Time came in second to Black Panther in March.

Coming in third place was Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon‘s new film The Spy Who Dumped Me. The action comedy flick brought in $12.3 million for it’s first weekend.

Rounding out the top five were Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which brought in an additional $9.1 million, and Equalizer 2, at $8.8 million.

WHAT DID YOU SEE at the movies this weekend??