Mission REALLY Impossible! Tom Cruise stops filming on his latest action movie in UK due to Hollywood actors’ strike
- Mission Impossible set at Longcross Studios in Surrey appears to be deserted
- Comes after Hollywood actors began striking over pay and protection from AI
Filming on Tom Cruise’s latest Mission Impossible film in the UK has been halted amid a transatlantic strike by Hollywood actors.
The set at Longcross Studios in Surrey now appears to be deserted in a major blow to producers who are hoping to release Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two on June 28 next year.
It is due to come out less than 12 months after Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One which has earned rave reviews since being released on Wednesday, with Cruise even spotted scoffing popcorn as he watched himself portray IMP agent Ethan Hunt.
Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (Sag-Aftra) members began striking on Thursday after their demands for higher wages and protections against artificial intelligence were not met.
It prompted the star-studded cast of upcoming Christopher Nolan epic Oppenheimer to walk out of the film’s UK premiere in London, while filming on Ariana Grande’s latest film Wicked and Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool 3 has also ceased.
Succession star Brian Cox has warned that Hollywood’s biggest stars ‘may have to go to the brink’.
Filming on Tom Cruise’s latest Mission Impossible film in the UK has been halted amid a transatlantic strike by Hollywood actors. Pictured: Tom Cruise and film director Christopher McQuarrie
The disruption comes after Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television (Sag-Aftra) members began striking on Thursday Pictured: Longcross Studios in Surrey
The set at Longcross Studios in Surrey now appears to be deserted in a major blow to producers who are hoping to release Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two on June 28 next year
Succession star Brian Cox has warned that it could be a long time before productions get back to filming
It’s not yet clear when filming for the second part of the movie will resume at Longcross Studios. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One was released in cinemas on Wednesday
‘It’s a situation that can get really very unpleasant and could go on for some time,’ the Emmy-award winning actor told Sky News.
The bulk of filming for part two of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning has been shot, but the biggest scene has not yet been filmed.
Director Christopher McQuarrie told Collider at the premiere for part one of the film: ‘We’ve shot all but one of our international locations.
‘We’ve shot our big action except for the biggest set piece, the central set piece of the film, which is massive and unlike anything we’ve done, and, I think, unlike anything you’ve seen.’
Cruise and Co also faced difficulties while filming the first movie too thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest interruption comes after Oppenheimer cast members including Emily Blunt and Florence Pugh were visibly emotional as they exited the film’s premiere early.
Director Mr Nolan later said that the cast had left the event to ‘write their picket signs.’
Hollywood is set to grind to a halt for some time as unions ordered members to down tools amid a long-standing row.
STOPPED: Deadpool 3 has shut down due to the SAG/AFTRA strike. Filming stopped on the sequel that stars Ryan Reynolds in the title role and Hugh Jackman as X-Men superhero Wolverine
Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman are seen filming Deadpool 3 on July 12
Just two days earlier the stars filmed a fight scene in front of the same 20th Century Fox logo
Filming on Ariana Grande’s latest film Wicked has ceased amid a transatlantic strike by actors. Dramatic photos show the abandoned set in Buckinghamshire
Scores of people could be seen on the set of Wicked in April. This week, the set is deserted
Pop star Grande is set to portray heroine Glinda the Good in the upcoming film. Above: Grande on the set of Wicked in June
Filming for Gladiator 2, which started in June, is also partly taking place in UK – as well as in Malta and Morocco – and so could be affected. Above: The Gladiator set in Morocco
The move could delay the release dates of blockbusters in the UK, with filming already halted this week on the Buckinghamshire set of Wicked, while Deadpool 3, Beetlejuice 2, Speak No Evil and now Mission Impossible all face being pushed back.
Deadpool 3, directed by Shawn Levy, was seen being filmed with Ryan Reynolds in the title role and Hugh Jackman reprising his X-Men character Wolverine as recently as Wednesday – but the set was empty days later.
The strike came after the Sag-Aftra announced it had voted in favour of taking action, after a deadline to reach a deal passed.
Under the rules of a strike, all members will not be able to film any movie or TV series – which means that almost every show and film that’s currently in the works will be delayed indefinitely until the problem is resolved.
US networks have responded to the strike by expanding the amount of ‘unscripted content’ for their autumn schedules, including The Masked Singer, The Amazing Race, Survivor and Kitchen Nightmares.
British union Equity, the sister organisation to Sag-aftra, said in a statement that they are are ‘full square behind’ their US counterpart.
However, they said they have been advised that the action is not lawful under UK law, meaning any performer who joins the strike or refuses to cross a picket line in Britain will have no protection if production companies sack them or sue them for breach of copyright.
Sag-Aftra represents more than 160,000 screen actors, broadcast journalists, announcers, hosts and stunt performers.
Fun times: Tom Cruise contentedly scoffed some popcorn as he watched himself portray Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One this week
The bulk of filming for part two of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning has been shot, but the biggest scene has not yet been filmed
Greg Tarzan Davis, Shea Whigham, Henry Czerny, Pom Klementieff, Hayley Atwell, Cary Elwes, Tom Cruise, Vanessa Kirby, Christopher McQuarrie, Simon Pegg, Esai Morales, Rebecca Ferguson and Mariela Garriga at the premiere on July 10
The walkout affects only the union’s 65,000 actors from television and film productions.
Wicked’s release date is set for November next year, meaning the halt to production could push that back.
The next Avatar film is set to be released in December 2025 so could also be affected, although filming has already been completed.
Speak No Evil is billed for next August, whilst Beatlejuice 2 is meant to be released in September 2024.
Other films that are currently being filmed in the UK include The Radleys, Amateur, and romantic comedy The Gorge, which stars Anya Taylor-Joy.
Filming for Gladiator 2, which started in June, is also partly taking place in UK – as well as in Malta and Morocco – and so could be affected.
A number of TV series being filmed in the UK might also be impacted, including spy thriller The Day Of The Jackal starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and period boxing drama A Thousand Blows with Stephen Graham.
The second series of The Sandman with Tom Sturridge and the fourth series of Slow Horses with Academy Award winner Gary Oldman could also be affected.
Leaving! Stars including Emily Blunt and Florence Pugh were visibly emotional as they exited the premiere early
However, filming for the second series of House of the Dragon, starring Matt Smith and Emma D’Arcy, may continue despite the strike, due to the fact that its stars are working under contracts governed by Equity, according to Variety.
Writers have already spent 11 weeks protesting outside the headquarters of the likes of Disney and Netflix, after their demands for better pay and guarantees over the use artificial intelligence were not met.
The strike news comes after the US union and Hollywood studios failed to reach an agreement after more than four weeks of negotiations, with actors wanting better pay and increased safeguarding around AI rights among their demands.
Last month Sag-Aftra members voted overwhelmingly to authorise a strike if a new contract with major studios, streamers and production companies could not be reached.
Nearly 98 per cent (97.91 per cent) of the 65,000 members who cast votes were in favour, Sag-Aftra said.
Announcing the strike at a press conference on Thursday, Sag-Aftra president Fran Drescher gave an impassioned speech in which she said it was a ‘very seminal hour’ for the union.
‘The gravity of this move is not lost on me … it’s a very serious thing that impacts thousands if not millions of people.
‘This is a moment of history that is a moment of truth. If we don’t stand tall now we are all going to be in trouble.
‘The jig is up AMPTP, we stand tall, you need to wake up and smell the coffee. You cannot exist without us.’
Asked how long the strike would last, Ms Drescher said: ‘That’s up to them, we are open to talking to them tonight.
‘All of this is because of their behaviour, it’s up to them if they want to talk in a normal way.’
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