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'Mission: Impossible 7' halts production after positive COVID-19 test

Tom Cruise attends the 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' DC premiere at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on July 22, 2018 in Washington, DC.. Photo by Oliver Contreras/UPI
Tom Cruise attends the 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' DC premiere at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on July 22, 2018 in Washington, DC.. Photo by Oliver Contreras/UPI | License Photo

June 4 (UPI) -- Mission: Impossible 7 has halted production due to a positive COVID-19 test on set.

The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday that the movie has temporarily stopped filming after at least one member of production tested positive for COVID-19.

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Entertainment Weekly confirmed production will be shut down for 14 days while those involved quarantine.

"We have temporarily halted production on Mission: Impossible 7 until June 14th, due to positive coronavirus test results during routine testing. We are following all safety protocols and will continue to monitor the situation," a Paramount Pictures rep said.

Filming on Mission: Impossible 7 was initially suspended in February 2020 because of the pandemic and resumed in October.

In December, The Sun published audio tapes that appeared to capture Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise admonishing two crew members for not following COVID-19 safety protocols.

"We are the gold standard. They're back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us," Cruise reportedly said. "We are creating thousands of jobs, you [expletive]. I don't ever want to see it again. Ever!"

Mission: Impossible 7 is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and co-stars Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Vanessa Kirby. The film is scheduled to open in theaters in May 2022.

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