Mission: Impossible 7 filming is up and running again with a (potentially literal) bang, as pictures and footage from the first day back suggest Tom Cruise is upping the ante once more when it comes to his infamous stunts.
First of all, director Christopher McQuarrie posted a picture from 'Day 1' of filming on Instagram, which showed a massive ramp in the middle of some beautiful mountainside scenery.
And yes, you guessed it – on his first day back as Ethan Hunt, Cruise then rode a motorbike off said ramp, parachuting to safety while the motorbike doesn't fare quite so well.
Norwegian news site VGTV has obtained video footage of the incredible stunt, which shows a camera-mounted helicopter and a drone to film him pull of the feat for the movie footage. Wow.
McQuarrie has previously teased that Cruise will be taking his stuntwork to a whole new level for the latest Mission: Impossible chapter. "We've figured out three obscene things that [Cruise is] doing that I'm terrified of, that make the helicopter chase look like tinker toys," he told Empire.
Filming for the latest instalment came to a halt in the UK and Venice earlier this year due to the coronavirus lockdown.
First assistant director Tommy Gormley previously confirmed that they hope to finish production by spring 2021.
"We hope to visit all the countries we planned to and look to do a big chunk of it back in the UK on the backlot and in the studio, so September through to end April/May is our targets," he explained. "We are convinced we can do this."
Mission: Impossible 7 boasts a star-studded cast, with the likes of Agent Carter's Hayley Atwell and Shea Whigham, Guardians of the Galaxy's Pom Klementieff and Ozark star Esai Morales joining Cruise on screen.
Familiar franchise players Vanessa Kirby, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson will also appear.
Mission: Impossible 7 currently has a scheduled release date of November 19, 2021, with an eighth movie pencilled in for 2022.
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