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Tom Cruise must wait to fulfil his need for speed as COVID Delta surge delays Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7 again

Paramount, the studio behind the films, said that Top Gun: Maverick will now hit screens in May 2022, rather than November 2021. Meanwhile, the as-yet untitled Mission: Impossible film has been pushed from May all the way to September 2022.

The filming of the seventh Ethan Hunt film has been delayed several times after COVID outbreaks, with Cruise determined to carry on shooting throughout the pandemic.

Top Gun: Maverick is a sequel to the hugely successful 1986 action original, with Cruise starring again as US Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, joined by Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller.


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The seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, will see Cruise starring as special agent Ethan Hunt, along with co-stars Hayley Atwell, Simon Pegg and Vanessa Kirby.

There had been uncertainty about whether the next James Bond film would be postponed for a fourth time, but its studio has committed to releasing it in cinemas from 30 September.

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