Tom Cruise given green light to sidestep UK quarantine rules for filming on Mission Impossible 7
In the midst of a series of announcements made in recent days regarding exemptions to the UK's new quarantine rules, which will apply to those entering or re-entering the country during the coronavirus pandemic, one of the more eye-catching developments came via the UK's Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, who announced over the weekend that there will be exemptions for several large-scale film productions in the UK.
According to the new rules, those travelling to the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, unless arriving from one of several countries announced this weekend, including Spain and France. But there are other exemptions to and it is understood that a number of film productions will also sidestep quarantine rules, provided that they operate in a 'bubble' with cast and crew members travelling only between the set and their accommodation.
Heading the list of films mentioned was Mission Impossible 7 and, according to Dowden, the exemptions were decided on following a conversation he had with none other than Tom Cruise himself, whose star power apparently now extends to influencing government policy. Other films for which the exemptions will apply include Fantastic Beasts 3, Jurassic World: Dominion and Matt Reeves' upcoming DC tentpole The Batman.
It's not clear exactly when production on each of these will begin, but the next instalment in the Mission Impossible series is due to be made at Warner Bros. studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, and the new announcement allows cast and crew from the U.S., which is not currently on the UK's list of exempted countries, to enter the country without self-isolating, which should allow production to resume sooner rather than later.