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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Mission: Impossible 7 filming halted in Italy over coronavirus concerns

Filming on the latest Mission: Impossible movie in Italy has been halted due to coronavirus concerns.Production on the seventh instalment in the saga, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, had been due to begin with a three-week st…

Filming on the latest Mission: Impossible movie in Italy has been halted due to coronavirus concerns.

Production on the seventh instalment in the saga, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, had been due to begin with a three-week stint in the city of Venice, but the crew was sent home by studio executives at Paramount Pictures as Italian government officials continue their efforts to contain the epidemic.

“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,” a statement from the studio read.

“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.”

An outbreak of the coronavirus has recently occurred in northern Italy, forcing officials to place lockdown restrictions on more than 50,000 people in affected areas.

Cases in the country have surged to more than 200, with seven deaths, prompting tough action from the government to contain the epidemic, which originated in Wuhan, China late last year.

The action thriller, which also stars Vanessa Kirby, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell and Nicholas Hoult, is scheduled to be released in July 2021. It is being filmed back-to-back with the eighth instalment, which will hit cinemas the following year.

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Vanessa Kirby returning for Mission: Impossible 7

Vanessa Kirby will reprise her role in the upcoming seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.The 31-year-old actress made her debut as the Alanna Mitsopolis, also known as the White Widow, in 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is …

Vanessa Kirby will reprise her role in the upcoming seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

The 31-year-old actress made her debut as the Alanna Mitsopolis, also known as the White Widow, in 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is reprising her role for Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming action movie.

Vanessa casually confirmed her return in a new interview with Glamour U.K. by revealing she was “in the car, about to go to firearms training” after wrapping production on drama Pieces of a Woman, in which she stars as a grieving pregnant woman who loses her baby.

Th Crown star told the publication she was looking forward to getting back into shape thanks to the intensive training for Mission: Impossible.

“Actually, I am looking forward to training because it means you eat well and work out which I haven’t been doing for that entire shoot,” Vanessa shared.

She also told the magazine that she ended up eating for two while wearing her prosthetic pregnant belly on the set of Pieces of a Woman.

“I was wearing the belly twenty-four seven – I was even sleeping in it,” she explained. “So, you could eat whatever you want, I was like, ‘I am eating for two,’ but there was no real two! It’s a fake two! In my mind no one was going to tell until but then you whip it off and it’s like, ‘oh God!'”

Tom Cruise is set to return as secret agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 7 and 8, alongside franchise newcomers Hayley Atwell, Nicholas Hoult, and Pom Klementieff. Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Henry Czerny are also reprising their roles.

Mission: Impossible 7 is set for release in July 2021.

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Henry Czerny returning to Mission: Impossible franchise

Henry Czerny is reprising his role of Eugene Kittridge in the upcoming instalments of the Mission: Impossible franchise. Director and writer Christopher McQuarrie announced that the Revenge actor was returning to the franchise for the first time since…

Henry Czerny is reprising his role of Eugene Kittridge in the upcoming instalments of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Director and writer Christopher McQuarrie announced that the Revenge actor was returning to the franchise for the first time since the 1996 original on social media over the weekend.

“There is no escaping the past… #MI7MI8,” he wrote besides a picture of Czerny, who recently appeared in horror-comedy Ready or Not and TV miniseries Sharp Objects.

In the original Mission: Impossible, Kittridge was the director of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) and hunted down Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt after he believed the agent had gone rogue.

He shared several memorable scenes with Cruise, including one in which the Top Gun star says the classic line, “Kittridge, you’ve never seen me very upset.”

The Mission: Impossible films have generally worked as standalone instalments with a small number of narrative storylines connecting them, but McQuarrie changed this with 2015’s Rogue Nation and 2018’s Fallout, which he also wrote and directed. In the last outing, Vanessa Kirby’s White Widow character was revealed to be the daughter of arms dealer Max, a character not seen since the 1996 original.

Czerny will join other returning castmembers such as Kirby, Rebecca Ferguson, and Simon Pegg as well as newcomers such as Nicholas Hoult, who is reportedly playing the villain, Captain America star Hayley Atwell, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Pom Klementieff, and Joker’s Shea Whigham.

The seventh and eighth instalments, both written and directed by McQuarrie, are being filmed back-to-back. The seventh will hit cinemas in July 2021 and the eighth will be released in August 2022.

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Vanessa Kirby: ‘I didn’t do enough squats ahead of Hobbs & Shaw action scenes’

Vanessa Kirby regrets not spending more time in the gym ahead of her role in action movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. The Crown star discussed her action role as Hattie Shaw in the upcoming franchise spin-off on BBC radio show, The Zoe Ball…

Vanessa Kirby regrets not spending more time in the gym ahead of her role in action movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

The Crown star discussed her action role as Hattie Shaw in the upcoming franchise spin-off on BBC radio show, The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, on Monday and admitted the action scenes left her “constantly aching”.

“It didn’t actually take that long (to film). Maybe three, four months. It was super-fast,” she told host Zoe Ball. “A lot of the fights were really intense and concentrated. I was constantly aching. I didn’t do enough squats in advance.”

Kirby, who rose to fame playing Princess Margaret in the Netflix series, jumped at the chance to play the sister of Fast & Furious character Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham, as Hattie is just as “capable of fighter” as her male counterparts and she hopes she’ll be an inspiration to young girls.

“It’s like this British contingent with Idris Elba and Helen Mirren and I. One of the reasons why I wanted to do is that she’s as a capable of fighter as the guys,” she continued. “If fourteen year old girls leave the cinema and feel as capable as their brothers then I have done my job.”

The 31-year-old actress is reportedly in the running to take over the role of Catwoman in 2021’s The Batman movie alongside Robert Pattinson, following in the footsteps of actresses Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Anne Hathaway. But when asked by Ball, she teased: “I’ve no idea what you’re talking about.”

However, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kirby called it a “dream role” and hinted if it were offered to her, she wouldn’t say no.

“Are you kidding?” exclaimed the Brit. “I would love to be Catwoman. Oh my god, it would be a dream.”

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Vanessa Kirby clueless about Catwoman casting rumours

Vanessa Kirby has played down chatter suggesting she’s a top contender for the role of Catwoman in The Batman.Director Matt Reeves has confirmed Robert Pattinson will play the latest incarnation of Gotham’s caped crusader in the film, replacing Ben Aff…

Vanessa Kirby has played down chatter suggesting she’s a top contender for the role of Catwoman in The Batman.

Director Matt Reeves has confirmed Robert Pattinson will play the latest incarnation of Gotham’s caped crusader in the film, replacing Ben Affleck after his portrayal of Bruce Wayne in the Justice League movies, and earlier this month, rumours began to swirl that the Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress was a contender to portray elusive cat burglar Selina Kyle.

But while Kirby is flattered her name has been linked to Reeves’ film, she has insisted no one has approached her about the part.

“I don’t know anything about it,” she told Entertainment Tonight, before sharing that she would be open to the role. “Are you kidding? I would love to be Catwoman… Oh my God, it would be a dream.”

Kirby then went on to joke that she would have to get into shape to play Catwoman, a role that has been previously been taken on by the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway.

“I’ll have to do lots of squats,” the 31-year-old smiled. “I mean, literally, lots of squats.”

Kirby is best known for playing Princess Margaret in Netflix TV series The Crown and will next appear as Jason Statham’s onscreen sister Hattie in the Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw.

The British actress made an appearance to promote the action film at the Hollywood premiere on Sunday, with her co-stars Idris Elba and Dwayne Johnson also in attendance.

The Batman is slated for release in 2021.

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Vanessa Kirby in running to play Catwoman in The Batman – report

Vanessa Kirby is reportedly in the running to play Catwoman in the upcoming movie, The Batman.Last month, director Matt Reeves confirmed Robert Pattinson would play the latest incarnation of Gotham’s caped crusader, replacing Ben Affleck after his port…

Vanessa Kirby is reportedly in the running to play Catwoman in the upcoming movie, The Batman.

Last month, director Matt Reeves confirmed Robert Pattinson would play the latest incarnation of Gotham’s caped crusader, replacing Ben Affleck after his portrayal of Bruce Wayne in the Justice League movies.

Not much is known about The Batman, but now Mission: Impossible – Fallout star Kirby is reported to be a serious contender for the elusive cat burglar Selina Kyle, according to editors at the Geeks Worldwide website.

The 31-year-old British actress is best known for playing Princess Margaret in Netflix’s The Crown and will next appear as Jason Statham’s on-screen sister in the Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw.

Andy Serkis is rumoured to be playing the Penguin, a role made famous by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns back in 1992, alongside Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne, and an iconic performance from Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman.

Beauty and the Beast star Josh Gad was recently forced to deny he would be playing the Penguin in Reeves’s movie, after fan art of him as the comic book villain went viral on social media.

He first fuelled speculation he would be playing Batman’s sewer-dwelling adversary when he reacted to the news that Pattinson would be playing the superhero.

“Eh. I could take him,” he teased.

Back in June, he took to Twitter once again, and shot down rumours that he was playing the Penguin.

“Ok, seeing as I keep getting this question…as much as I have LOVED torturing you all with teasing you about the Penguin, I feel like it’s time to tell you…I’m NOT actually playing this character. But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the fan art and the love,” Gad wrote.

The Batman is slated for release in June 2021.

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Helen Mirren to reprise Fast & Furious 8 role in Hobbs and Shaw – report

Dame Helen Mirren is reportedly set to return to the big screen as an action heroine once again.The 73-year-old actress is allegedly set to reprise her role from 2017’s The Fate of the Furious (Fast & Furious 8) as Jason Statham’s feisty mum Magdalen…

Dame Helen Mirren is reportedly set to return to the big screen as an action heroine once again.

The 73-year-old actress is allegedly set to reprise her role from 2017’s The Fate of the Furious (Fast & Furious 8) as Jason Statham’s feisty mum Magdalene Shaw, in spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, which also focuses on Dwayne Johnson’s US Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs.

According to editors at The Sun, Oscar winner Helen will return as the matriarch of the hard-nosed Shaw clan, in the ninth outing in the franchise, and will reportedly up her action credentials by trading blows with baddies in the movie.

“Helen was such a hit in Fast 8 that there was a decision that she should return,” a source told the British newspaper. “She was hilarious bossing around Vin Diesel and Jason as the no-nonsense Cockney kingpin.

“The sight of Helen taking on villains with fight moves is a great selling point.”

Helen, who won an Oscar in 2007 for her portrayal of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, was a surprise addition to the cast of the 2017 action movie franchise, which stars Vin, Tyrese Gibson, and Michelle Rodriguez.

But in an interview with website BuzzFeed, Helen admitted she “begged” for the role, as she was desperate to work with Vin, and wanted to be an action star.

“I’m dying to be a full-time action movie heroine,” she said. “You might get a bit bruised and so forth, but taking a few ibuprofen sorts that out.”

Meanwhile, Jason recently spoke about the upcoming movie and Helen’s involvement in the franchise to Collider.

“I know the last time (Helen) slapped me around the face and we got this little… We don’t want to take it too seriously,” Jason told the movie website. “At the end of the day, we want to have the laughs. We want to tear each other apart. We want to enjoy it. This has to be a ride.”

David Leitch is helming the movie, which will also star Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby, and begins shooting in London this week (ends18Aug18).

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Tom Cruise had no fear returning to Mission: Impossible – Fallout after injury

Tom Cruise wasn’t scared to throw himself back into stunt work after breaking his ankle on the set of the latest Mission: Impossible film.Tom is back as action man Ethan Hunt in the sixth instalment of the movie franchise, Fallout, with Simon Pegg, Reb…

Tom Cruise wasn’t scared to throw himself back into stunt work after breaking his ankle on the set of the latest Mission: Impossible film.

Tom is back as action man Ethan Hunt in the sixth instalment of the movie franchise, Fallout, with Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames and Alec Baldwin also reprising their roles.

Filming had to be halted last summer when Tom crushed his ankle during a big building jump stunt while shooting in London, and despite doctors fearing the 56-year-old would never run again, he defied the odds and was back on set after just six weeks.

“It wasn’t scary really, it was just, ‘What is going to happen?'” Tom exclusively told Cover Media. “I was really, really focused. I did rehab for 10 to 12 hours a day afterwards, I just did everything I could to get the swelling down and get back running as fast as possible. Luckily, I didn’t need an operation. We just stayed really focused. And at six weeks later I was filming again, nine weeks I was basically doing free climbing even though the ankle was broken and at 11 weeks I started running again – I was able to at least sprint.”

Photos of Tom smashing into the building were published around the world, and the triple Oscar nominee admitted he had no idea how long it would take to get him back to his action best.

“We had to measure the days,” he explained. “I didn’t know how many sprints I would be able to do for the takes because we didn’t know what was going to happen. So that’s what I did. I just wanted to get it, just get it!”

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which also stars Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett and Vanessa Kirby, hits cinemas from 25 July (18).

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Vanessa Kirby planning marathon following Mission: Impossible training

Vanessa Kirby’s intense training for Mission: Impossible – Fallout has left her wanting more, so she’s planning on running a marathon.The English actress shot to fame playing Princess Margaret on award-winning Netflix series The Crown, and she’s fast b…

Vanessa Kirby’s intense training for Mission: Impossible – Fallout has left her wanting more, so she’s planning on running a marathon.

The English actress shot to fame playing Princess Margaret on award-winning Netflix series The Crown, and she’s fast becoming hot Hollywood property, bagging roles in the upcoming Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw and biographical drama Gareth Jones.

She’ll also soon be seen opposite Tom Cruise in the latest Mission: Impossible instalment, though getting fit for the role of the White Widow was a shock to Vanessa’s system.

“Going from filming The Crown to Mission: Impossible was like night and day. Literally – I was doing night shoots in Paris for Mission: Impossible and coming back and shooting The Crown during the day. And playing a completely different character. It was quite weird. Even having my own hair was surreal!” she exclaimed, according to Shape.com.

“Also, I’d never done stunts before. I worked really hard with a trainer so I could run in a scene with Tom without vomiting! The first thing we did was go for a jog, and I was so out of breath I nearly had a heart attack. I didn’t realise how unfit I was. Now I feel strong and I really like running. I’m even planning to run a marathon. Who would have thought that would happen?”

The film hits cinemas from 25 July (18), with Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg and Alec Baldwin reprising their roles, and Angela Bassett, Henry Cavill and Vanessa among the franchise newcomers.

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