Mission: Impossible 7 director thanks Levisham as Tom Cruise and crew descend on sleepy Yorkshire village

The film’s release was recently delayed until May 2022 as coronavirus continues to disrupt international film schedules

Mission: Impossible 7 director Christopher McQuarrie has thanked the “incredibly lovely and welcoming” residents of a Yorkshire village where scenes for the film have been shot.

Tom Cruise and hundreds of members of the movie’s film crew were last week pictured in the village of Levisham on the North York Moors near Pickering.

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The actor is reprising his role as spy Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 7.

Tom Cruise and co-star Hayley Atwell prepare to shoot what looks to be a train stunt on a specially modified carriage, as part of the production of Mission: Impossible 7 (Photos: Richard Ponter/JPI Media)

McQuarrie wrote on Instagram: “What would Mission be without a bit of local colour?

“Our sincerest thanks to North Yorkshire Moors Railway, the Office for Road and Rail, Eddie Draper, Riley’s & GB Rail Freight and, of course, the incredibly lovely and welcoming people of Levisham.

“We had an amazing week (and remarkably fair weather) in fabulous Yorkshire. We’ll be back for one last bit of mischief in short order.” He shared the message alongside an image of Cruise hanging from the side of a train carriage.

The image director Christopher McQuarrie shared on Instagram shows Cruise dangling from the side of a train (Photo: Instagram/@christophermcquarrie)

Production of Mission: Impossible 7, from Paramount Pictures, has suffered a number of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Filming was scheduled to begin in Italy in February 2020 but production was halted as coronavirus cases rose in the country.

‘Do it again and you’re f***ing gone’

After a delay, filming restarted at locations including Warner Bros Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire, and in December 2020, Cruise made headlines by embarking on an expletive-filled rant against crew members breaking Covid-19 protocols on the set of the movie.

The Hollywood A-lister was shooting Mission: Impossible 7 at the studios when he took issue with the behaviour of some of those present on set, telling them “If I see you doing it again, you’re f***ing gone.”

Cruise was reportedly irked when he spotted two crew members not standing two metres apart.

During the tirade, which was captured on tape and is thought to have taken place in front of around 50 crew members, the actor can be heard explaining how he’s “on the phone with every f***ing studio at night, insurance companies, [and] producers” in an effort to keep things moving smoothly.

“They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us,” he exclaims. “We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherf***ers.

“That’s it. No apologies. You can tell it to the people that are losing their f***ing homes because our industry is shut down. We are not shutting this f***ing movie down. Is it understood?"

Earlier this month, the film’s release was delayed from November until May 2022 as coronavirus continued to disrupt international schedules, with Mission: Impossible 8 slated for release in 2023.

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