Simon Pegg hoping to land role in Tom Cruise’s new space movie

Simon Pegg would be interested in starring in Tom Cruise’s upcoming space movie.Back in May, it was reported that the Hollywood action hero was working with Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX and experts at NASA to become the first person to shoot a …

Simon Pegg would be interested in starring in Tom Cruise’s upcoming space movie.

Back in May, it was reported that the Hollywood action hero was working with Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX and experts at NASA to become the first person to shoot a movie aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

And his co-star Pegg has shared that he’d love to go into space, and thinks that the best way to do it is with Cruise, as the 58-year-old is a professional when it comes to executing stunts on the Mission: Impossible movies.

“I’d love to go into space, it would be amazing! But you know, you have to also think about your family and safety and stuff,” the Hot Fuzz star told NME.com. “Tom never does anything recklessly and all of his stunts are meticulously designed, rehearsed and trained for. If he does it, it will be really safe. So, I don’t know, you never know.”

Both Cruise and Pegg are preparing to resume filming on the seventh and eighth Mission: Impossible movies after the Covid-19 pandemic shut down production, and the Shaun of the Dead star said fans can expect “a lot of fun” from director Christopher McQuarrie.

“I know the basic story of the two movies and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Pegg explained. “With me and Ving (Rhames), you know, we’ve put the hours in now so we’d hope we would get some kind of payback to give our characters their own arc, something really interesting to do and I think we have that now.”

Mission: Impossible 7 is currently due for release in November 2021.

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Simon Pegg unsure how Mission: Impossible shoot will work without Covid-19 vaccine

Simon Pegg doesn’t know how production on Mission: Impossible 7 will work in accordance with new social distancing guidelines. Back in February, cast and crew were due to begin a three-week stint in the Italian city of Venice, but production was shut …

Simon Pegg doesn’t know how production on Mission: Impossible 7 will work in accordance with new social distancing guidelines.

Back in February, cast and crew were due to begin a three-week stint in the Italian city of Venice, but production was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. First assistant director Tommy Gormley recently stated that filming will be able to resume in September, but Pegg, who plays Benji Dunn in the popular movies, doesn’t know how they’ll be able to pull off certain scenes while abiding by the new protocols.

“On The Mandalorian, the Star Wars TV show, they do it all on a sound stage, using technology that Jon Favreau pioneered when he did The Jungle Book. It’s incredible, because it really does look like on location, so I suppose there’s that way. Or we have to do testing, or wait for a vaccine…” he said to Britain’s The Observer, suggesting ways to get around it.

Pegg also believes that filming will start with the big exterior action scenes before the crew figure out how to film conversational, indoor scenes.

It was recently rumoured that leading man Tom Cruise had flown into the U.K. to build a quarantine village at a Royal Air Force (RAF) site in Oxfordshire, England, and believing the tabloid reports, the Shaun of the Dead actor text his director Christopher McQuarrie, who denied it.

Explaining the difficulties in filming the action blockbuster, Pegg said: “Everything is so huge on Mission: Impossible, it’s like marshalling an army. I love doing those big movies, because they’re fun, and because of the scale and the sheer ridiculousness of that kind of movie-making machine.”

Mission: Impossible 7 is currently due for release in November 2021.

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Simon Pegg credits Mission: Impossible for saving him from alcoholism

Simon Pegg’s family were on standby when he shot Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in case he slipped up in his recovery from alcohol.The 50-year-old has been a familiar face in the U.K. since the ’90s, but became a global star after being cast as Tom…

Simon Pegg’s family were on standby when he shot Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in case he slipped up in his recovery from alcohol.

The 50-year-old has been a familiar face in the U.K. since the ’90s, but became a global star after being cast as Tom Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt’s right-hand man Benji in 2006’s Mission: Impossible III.

Before shooting began on the fourth instalment, Ghost Protocol, Simon faced up to his alcohol problem, and attended rehab centre The Priory.

“They (production team) made sure that my family was on standby to come out if needs be,” he told The Sunday Times. “One of the problems you have as an actor sometimes is separation anxiety. You’re away from your family a lot. I’d just had a baby and the thought of being away for a long time was troubling me, so they were just really helpful in making sure I was feeling happy and comfortable.

“By that time I was in a much, much better place. That film couldn’t have come at a better time because I got in good shape and started to just have fun, working with Brad (Bird, director) and Tom. It was an adventure. We went to Prague and Dubai and Vancouver. It was part of my recovery, I think.”

Simon last played Benji in 2018’s summer smash Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is slated for another two films in the popular franchise.

He added in the chat how Tom, in particular, has been a great support for him.

“I didn’t ask who knew (about his alcoholism), but I think he did. He’s always been very supportive,” he shared.

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Simon Pegg: ‘Tom Cruise is an incredibly generous performer’

Simon Pegg loves working with the “incredibly generous” Tom Cruise.The British actor has worked with the Hollywood action hero since Mission: Impossible III back in 2006, and is set to reunite with him for the seventh and eighth instalments in the spy …

Simon Pegg loves working with the “incredibly generous” Tom Cruise.

The British actor has worked with the Hollywood action hero since Mission: Impossible III back in 2006, and is set to reunite with him for the seventh and eighth instalments in the spy thriller franchise.

The 50-year-old, who plays tech expert Benji Dunn, revealed that Cruise is so compassionate and caring towards his co-stars that it makes filming the blockbusters less nerve-wracking.

“It’s always fun. He’s an incredibly generous performer. He cares a lot about everybody else. He’s always hanging out around the monitor… after hanging off an airplane, he’s worried about me doing a fistfight which isn’t particularly scary,” Pegg told Collider.

“I like it because there’s a normal person there, there’s a regular person that people tend to never see, and he’s aware of who he is and what he’s become,” he explained, before adding that he’s always reassured when he’s starring alongside Cruise.

“I’ve always had a good experience with Tom. You know you’re working on something which is going to be executed with 100 per cent committed enthusiasm. It’s nice to have that as the standard,” he shared.

While filming was shut down on the Christopher McQuarrie-directed sequels earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pegg managed to meet some of the newcomers to the Mission: Impossible saga, such as Hayley Atwell.

“I felt like an old veteran. I’m four movies in… it was funny to be the old hand,” Pegg laughed. “I felt like Ving (Rhames) must have felt when I met him on number three. Now he’s six in.”

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Simon Pegg enjoys ‘job security’ with Mission: Impossible movies

Simon Pegg enjoys the “job security” he has with his role in the Mission: Impossible franchise.The Star Trek actor has played tech expert Benji Dunn since 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, and he was reminded of how much he revels in being part of the lo…

Simon Pegg enjoys the “job security” he has with his role in the Mission: Impossible franchise.

The Star Trek actor has played tech expert Benji Dunn since 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, and he was reminded of how much he revels in being part of the long-standing spy thriller saga when he met the new cast and crew of the upcoming seventh and eighth instalments.

“It was funny, when I met all the people that are going to be in the new one, we had what was going to be our kickoff dinner – but it turned out not to be obviously,” he told Collider, referencing production on the movies being shut down amid the Covid-19 outbreak. “But knowing that these actors are going to be my friends now because we’re going to work together for nearly two years, is always an interesting prospect… It’s nice to have that job security.”

Elsewhere in the interview, he defended director Christopher McQuarrie’s decision to split the next story in the saga into two separate films, and revealed it was because the filmmaker wants to give each character a well-deserved storyline.

“Before production McQuarrie takes me out to dinner and acts out the whole movie. And sometimes what he’s told me hasn’t transpired,” Pegg recalled. “But with this one he has a much clearer idea. The reason we’re splitting it into two is because he’s determined to give everybody a proper emotional arc, a proper emotional detailed character arc. And instead of trying to cram it all into one film, he’s going to allow that arc to spread out over two.”

Mission: Impossible 7 is scheduled to be released in November 2021, and Mission: Impossible 8 will hit cinemas in November 2022.

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Mission: Impossible 7 set to resume filming in September

Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 is set to resume filming in September.The 57-year-old actor is reprising his role as spy Ethan Hunt in Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming sequels, alongside Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and franchise newcom…

Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 is set to resume filming in September.

The 57-year-old actor is reprising his role as spy Ethan Hunt in Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming sequels, alongside Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and franchise newcomers Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff.

Back in February, the cast and crew were due to begin a three-week stint in the Italian city of Venice, but production was shut down by studio executives at Paramount Pictures as Italian government officials imposed a strict lockdown in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Now, first assistant director Tommy Gormley has confirmed that filming can get underway in just over three months and still be on schedule for the movie’s November 2021 release date.

“We hope to start shooting again in September. We were days from shooting in Venice – we were right at the epicentre when it all kicked off – so we had to shut down in Venice where we were four or five days from shooting,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, following the publication of the British Film Commission’s new safety guidelines titled: “Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-End TV Drama Production”.

“We hope to restart in September, we hope to visit all the countries we planned to and look to do a big chunk of it back in the U.K. on the backlot and in the studio, so September through to end April/May is our targets. We are convinced we can do this,” Gormley explained.

The seventh instalment was scheduled to be released in July 2021, but was pushed back to November 2021 in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. It is being filmed back-to-back with the eighth instalment.

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Simon Pegg considering Hot Fuzz sequel

Simon Pegg is considering returning to the role of hapless cop Nicholas Angel in a Hot Fuzz sequel.The British actor starred as Angel alongside his pal Nick Frost in Edgar Wright’s 2007 film, the second instalment in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy…

Simon Pegg is considering returning to the role of hapless cop Nicholas Angel in a Hot Fuzz sequel.

The British actor starred as Angel alongside his pal Nick Frost in Edgar Wright’s 2007 film, the second instalment in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, which also includes Shaun of the Dead and The World’s End.

And speaking to Movieweb.com, Simon admitted that he wouldn’t mind starring in a Hot Fuzz sequel, as the buddy cop action films it parodies often had multiple follow-up movies.

“I think it’s the one film out of those three movies that lends itself to a sequel, in that, those kind of buddy-cop action movies were often sequelised,” he explained.

And Simon already has an idea for a new plot – reversing the original’s set-up of Angel being sent to police a small country village and taking the junior policeman played by Nick, Danny Butterman, to the city.

“We already joked about having a Crocodile Dundee reversal of it being Danny in the city,” he added. “The hypothetical sequel would be Danny and Angel in the big city together.”

However, the star did warn fans that a sequel is by no means a certainty, as he may be getting a little old for the part.

“I’d love to play Nicholas Angel again, that was fun. I’m probably too old now,” the 50-year-old said. “Edgar and I, when we’ve done something, we want to move onto the next thing. All of those films, they have an arc and then they finish… We made Shaun of the Dead, and the sequel to that film is Hot Fuzz, and the sequel to Hot Fuzz is The World’s End. They’re a thematic trilogy rather than direct sequels.”

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Nicholas Hoult drops out of Mission: Impossible 7

Nicholas Hoult will no longer appear in Mission: Impossible 7.According to editors at Variety, the British actor had to depart from the upcoming action spy movie, which is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie, due to a scheduling conflict. Productio…

Nicholas Hoult will no longer appear in Mission: Impossible 7.

According to editors at Variety, the British actor had to depart from the upcoming action spy movie, which is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie, due to a scheduling conflict.

Production on the film was halted abruptly in March due to the onset of the coronavirus crisis, and with social distancing measures still in place, it is yet to be determined when filming will resume.

It is understood Hoult is already bound to prior obligations on the second season of Hulu comedy The Great.

And following the recent announcement that Esai Morales has signed on to appear in the Mission: Impossible flicks, it is now expected he will take up the 30-year-old’s part.

Although Paramount producers never disclosed the name of Hoult’s intended character, rumours suggested he had been cast as the film’s villain.

Morales is known for playing Jorge Castillo on TV show How to Get Away with Murder and for his appearances in Netflix series Ozark and PBS drama American Family.

Mission: Impossible 7 will see Tom Cruise reprise his role as spy Ethan Hunt, with franchise regulars Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby also set to return. Newcomers Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, and Shea Whigham are fresh to join the cast.

In reaction to the production delay, Paramount bosses have already pushed back the release date of the movie, which is now slated for 19 November 2021. A planned follow up, Mission Impossible: 8, has also been postponed, and will now hit theatres in November 2022.

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Hayley Atwell impressed director Christopher McQuarrie with ‘frightening’ knife skills

Hayley Atwell landed a role in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies after impressing director Christopher McQuarrie with her “frightening” knife skills.The 38-year-old actress is set to play the mysterious leading lady who will test every member of …

Hayley Atwell landed a role in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies after impressing director Christopher McQuarrie with her “frightening” knife skills.

The 38-year-old actress is set to play the mysterious leading lady who will test every member of the fictional Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team, led by Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, in the seventh and eighth instalments of the action-adventure franchise.

Her casting was announced in September, and since then, she’s undergone some intense physical training for the role in the blockbusters, which will also star Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson.

However, it was Atwell’s screen test, which included a whopping two-hour stunt audition, which blew director McQuarrie away.

“It is truly something to see… the work that you’ve done, the dedication you’ve shown, the focus, and quite frankly, your frightening talent with a knife, are all stuff that I’m very, very, very excited for people to see. It’s a very different side of Hayley,” he told the Light the Fuse podcast.

And Pegg, who has starred in the franchise as tech expert Benji Dunn since 2003’s Mission: Impossible III, said he was stunned when the movie’s stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood showed him a clip of the Avengers: Endgame star in action.

“(He) showed me a video of you doing your training. You’re super fast. Proper Matrix s**t going on,” the Hot Fuzz funnyman told Hayley during the podcast.

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Hayley Atwell to play ‘destructive’ character in Mission: Impossible 7

Hayley Atwell’s character will be a “destructive force of nature” in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies.Back in September, it was announced that the 38-year-old British actress would play the leading lady in director Christopher McQuarrie’s next t…

Hayley Atwell’s character will be a “destructive force of nature” in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies.

Back in September, it was announced that the 38-year-old British actress would play the leading lady in director Christopher McQuarrie’s next two instalments of the action-adventure franchise, alongside Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, and Nicholas Hoult.

While it’s yet to be revealed who her mysterious character will be, McQuarrie has teased that Atwell will play a “destructive force of nature” who will test every member of Ethan Hunt’s team.

“I’ve been living in an existential crisis since October, going ‘who am I? who am I?'” Atwell added during an appearance alongside McQuarrie on the Light the Fuse podcast. “An actor in search of a character.

“There’s ambiguity… the interesting thing we’re exploring is her resistance to a situation she finds herself in. How she starts off, where she becomes. The journey of what she comes into and what is asked of her and potentially where she ends up.”

And director McQuarrie was keen to make sure that the Captain America star would offer Mission: Impossible fans something different.

“We don’t want Hayley to be a repeat of any character that’s come before,” he explained, adding that Atwell had a hugely successful screen test with co-star Cruise.

“What we discovered there is this energy that Hayley had, specifically an energy with Tom. It’s not a vibe, it’s literally a vibration. You felt it and you were like, ‘I don’t know what to make of this person,'” he shared.

Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 are due to be released in November 2021 and November 2022, respectively.

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