Tom Cruise grapples with a stuntman in a face mask as they practice for Mission Impossible filming


He’s been back to work on Mission Impossible 7 after filming was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And Tom Cruise wasn’t taking any chances as he prepared to film another heart-stopping scene, as he donned a face mask to practice his latest fight on Saturday.

The Hollywood star, 58, was dressed in all-black as he rehearsed his latest scuffle with a stuntman atop  train in Norway, after production for the blockbuster was relocated from the UK following a five-month break.

Head-to-head: Tom Cruise, 58, wasn’t taking any chances as he prepared to film another heart-stopping scene, as he donned a face mask to practice his latest fight on Saturday

Dressed in a black jumper and beanie hat, Tom sported a matching filtered face mask as he rehearsed the fight.

The star – who will reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in the spy film series – was attached to a harness for the scuffle on the roof of a train, and briefly chatted to crew members as he prepared to film the scene.

The scenes were filmed in the heart of the Norwegian countryside with a vintage-style train recreated as the setting, surrounded by plenty of scaffolding. 

Back to work: The Hollywood star was dressed in all-black as he rehearsed his latest scuffle with a stuntman aboard a train in Norway

Back to work: The Hollywood star was dressed in all-black as he rehearsed his latest scuffle with a stuntman aboard a train in Norway

Busy: Dressed in a black jumper and beanie hat, Tom sported a matching filtered face mask as he prepared to rehearse the fight

Busy: Dressed in a black jumper and beanie hat, Tom sported a matching filtered face mask as he prepared to rehearse the fight

Committed: The star - who will reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in the spy film series - was attached to a harness for the scuffle on the roof of a train

Committed: The star – who will reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in the spy film series – was attached to a harness for the scuffle on the roof of a train

Daring: Tom has long been known for performing all of his own stunts in the Mission Impossible series, but has hinted he'll give up the feat when he turns 60

Daring: Tom has long been known for performing all of his own stunts in the Mission Impossible series, but has hinted he’ll give up the feat when he turns 60

Never shy to take on a challenging stunt, the scene also saw Tom running towards a helicopter as it took off into the sky.

After production for Mission Impossible 7 was moved to Norway, it was reported that Tom hired a £500,000 ship for the film’s crew to avoid any coronavirus-related delays.

Filming was already delayed for five 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.

Focused: Tom was also seen chatting to the mask-clad crew members as they practised the dramatic scenes

Focused: Tom was also seen chatting to the mask-clad crew members as they practised the dramatic scenes

Thrilling: Never shy to take on a challenging stunt, the scene also saw Tom running towards a helicopter as it took off into the sky

Thrilling: Never shy to take on a challenging stunt, the scene also saw Tom running towards a helicopter as it took off into the sky

Sheilding: After production for Mission Impossible 7 was moved to Norway, it was reported that Tom hired a £500,000 ship for the film's crew to avoid any coronavirus-related delays

Sheilding: After production for Mission Impossible 7 was moved to Norway, it was reported that Tom hired a £500,000 ship for the film’s crew to avoid any coronavirus-related delays

Sources claimed the screen star rented the Hurtigruten watercraft for filming as he is ‘determined’ to avoid further set-backs on the franchise.

‘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. 

It was recently claimed that Tom was ‘exempt from Norway’s quarantine rules’ as he  restart 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. 

Chaos: Filming was already delayed for five months after COVID-19 spread across Italy, where production had been based in March

Chaos: Filming was already delayed for five months after COVID-19 spread across Italy, where production had been based in March

Departing: Of course the scene appeared to a feature a helicopter, a fixture in the Mission Impossible series

Departing: Of course the scene appeared to a feature a helicopter, a fixture in the Mission Impossible series

On the move: The scenes were filmed in the heart of the Norwegian countryside with a vintage-style train recreated as the setting

On the move: The scenes were filmed in the heart of the Norwegian countryside with a vintage-style train recreated as the setting

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

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

Speaking about his return, he said: ‘It’s a gorgeous country, I can’t wait to get back there. I’m very excited, as is the whole crew, about coming back.’ 

During the call, the minister told how Norway is ‘looking forward to having [Tom] back’ and insisted how the Hollywood star and crew are allowed to shoot in the country without having to quarantine at home first, Norwegian publication VG reported.  

However, cast and crew had to pass two tests for coronavirus within 48 hours of landing in Norway and a series of daily rigorous health checks were in place.

Abid added that the film production team wouldn’t not have contact with anyone that is not part of the set.

The films focus on agent Ethan and will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who previously worked on 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible – Fallout in 2018.

Mission Impossible 7 will be released on November 19, 2021. 

Health checks: However, cast and crew had to pass two tests for coronavirus within 48 hours of landing in Norway and a series of daily rigorous health checks were in place

Health checks: However, cast and crew had to pass two tests for coronavirus within 48 hours of landing in Norway and a series of daily rigorous health checks were in place

Anticipated: The films will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who previously worked on 2015's Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible – Fallout in 2018

Anticipated: The films will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who previously worked on 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible – Fallout in 2018

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