Mission: Impossible 7 filming has reportedly been paused again due to a positive Covid test with crew members speculating it could be Tom Cruise.
Despite there being ‘no proof’ to back up the idle talk, it has been claimed that people are gossiping it could be Tom, 58, due to his alleged absence on set.
A source told The Sun: ‘Filming on Mission Impossible 7 is on hold again because of coronavirus. And this time, those working on the production have said they think Tom could be the possible cause of the postponement.
Claims: Mission: Impossible 7 filming has reportedly been paused again due to a positive Covid test with crew members speculating it could be Tom Cruise (pictured on set in April)
‘Everyone on the set was told that filming was being stopped again because of a positive test. And since then, Tom hasn’t been on set once.
‘Now people are speculating that he could have come into contact with the person who tested positive. And in some cases, people are even gossiping and saying it could be him.’
The source added that there is ‘no proof’ to back up the allegations, however, it hasn’t stopped crew members from ‘gossiping about it’.
MailOnline has contacted both Tom’s and Mission: Impossible film representatives for comment.
Gossip: Despite there being ‘no proof’ to back up the idle talk, it has been claimed that people are gossiping it could be Tom, 58, due to his alleged absence on set (pictured on set in November)
It is not known whether Tom has received the Covid vaccine or not, although despite being proven to dramatically cut the risk of coronavirus, none of the jabs approved in Britain are 100 per cent effective.
It means some vaccinated people will inevitably get infected without having any symptoms, leaving them unaware they are infected and contagious — unless they get tested.
In March, it was reported that Tom had surprised NHS staff to thank them for working though the coronavirus pandemic.
The movie star is thought to have secretly visited the ExCel Centre in East London to ‘pay personal tribute to frontline health staff’.
A source told The Sun at the time: ‘He told his team he wanted to pay his personal tribute to frontline health staff who have helped get movies back on track.
Source: A source told The Sun : ‘Filming on Mission Impossible 7 is on hold again because of coronavirus. And this time, those working on the production have said they think Tom could be the possible cause of the postponement.’ (pictured with co-star Hayley Atwell on set in April)
‘They were really shocked to see such a huge movie star. Tom wanted to keep it a secret and ensure it was a nice surprise for them.
‘The world had heard his rant at crew on set and that proved just how seriously he has taken the pandemic.’
MailOnline contacted representatives for Tom Cruise and the ExCel Centre for further comment at the time.
The ExCel Centre is a major vaccine centre with another part of the site being used for the NHS Nightingale Hospital’s patient rehabilitation facility.
Sweet: In March, it was reported that Tom had surprised NHS staff to thank them for working though the coronavirus pandemic (pictured in 2018)
Elsewhere, earlier this month, it was claimed that Tom was reportedly in a rush to finish filming Mission: Impossible 7 in only three weeks.
Thanks to several delays to the shooting schedule brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, there was said to be only 21 days left to get the film completed.
A source told The Sun: ‘Mission: Impossible has been hit by so many delays, there is now a huge pressure to finish on time.
‘Tom and the team are tearing their hair out. Some of the crew are agency contractors and are already booked to move on to new projects.
‘Without them, Tom will be left scratching around for replacements. And if that wasn’t enough, he has his own scheduling conflicts.’
The source added that as Top Gun 2 is released in November, Tom will have to begin promotional work for the movie soon.
While the majority of the next Mission: Impossible is already filmed, there was said to be one final big scene to do that involved a speeding train being driven over the edge of a cliff.
MailOnline contacted a representative for Tom Cruise for comment at the time.
It comes after Tom was reportedly forced to self-isolate for two weeks after 14 people on the UK set of Mission: Impossible 7 tested positive for coronavirus.
Rush: Earlier this month, it was claimed that Tom was reportedly in a rush to finish filming Mission: Impossible 7 in only three weeks (pictured in 2018)
The actor was said to have spent a day filming with four female dancers as they shot scenes in a nightclub for the upcoming movie, who later tested positive.
Filming of the new instalment has been taking place at Longcross Studios in Chertsey, Surrey, and production was halted and the 60-member team self-isolated amid the positive tests.
Mission: Impossible 7 filming has been hit with several set backs and delays amid the Covid pandemic, with it shooting on location in Italy, the UK and Norway.
In December it was reported that five crew members had quit after Tom launched into two rants.
The actor was said to have given staff a dressing down after he caught them breaking UK Covid rules at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.
Delays: Thanks to several delays to the shooting schedule brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, there was said to be only 21 days left to get the film completed (pictured in October)
A source claimed after news of the first outburst was made public, there was ‘more anger’ at the already ‘tense’ production.
An insider said: ‘Tension has been building for months and this was the final straw. Since it became public there has been more anger and several staff have walked.
‘But Tom just can’t take any more after all the lengths they have gone to just to keep filming at all. He’s upset others aren’t taking it as seriously as him.’
They added that it was Tom who feels responsible for the production after putting so much time and money into ensuring precautions are in place so the team can film.
It was previously reported that the Hollywood star scolded workers who flouted social distancing rules while filming at Warner Bros. Studios.
MailOnline contacted Tom’s representatives for further comment at the time.
Tom later addressed his outburst in an interview with Empire magazine, stating: ‘I said what I said. There was a lot at stake at that point. But it wasn’t my entire crew. I had the crew leave the set, and it was just select people.’
‘And here we are, continuing to film. I do Zoom parties and kids’ parties also, you know!’ he joked.
It comes after Tom reportedly had to call security to deal with trespassers breaking into the huge Mission: Impossible 7 set in Yorkshire.
The movie had been filming in the village of Stoney Middleton in Derbyshire, with the movie using Darlton Quarry for some of the stunt scenes.
A source told The Sun that because the area was so large, it had been difficult to seal it off and stop daredevil’s from trying to climb the production’s equipment.
They explained: ‘So trespassers have been getting in and attempting to scale the rigs and equipment set up for the stunts.
Filming: Crew first began shooting scenes in February in 2020, a few weeks prior to the first global lockdown, and production has been delayed multiple times due to the pandemic
‘Police were called to one incident last week and then Tom was forced to take action when it happened again.
‘Extra security might have to be drafted in… Along with it being a safety nightmare, Tom and the team don’t want any delays to filming.’
The second incident mentioned by the source reportedly involved two intruders ‘clambering’ all over the set, however security were on site to get them off.
MailOnline contacted Tom Cruise’s representative for further comment at the time.
In February it was reported that plans to shoot MI7 in the Middle East had been abandoned after production staff ‘demanded’ to return to the UK before mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine rules are enforced.
The Sun reported that studio executives were forced to hire a private jet to ensure staff could return home.
A source said to the publication: ‘The whole production has hit yet another issue and there have been revolts among the cast and crew.
‘Morale is really down and many of the younger staff who aren’t earning the big bucks just don’t feel it’s worth it any more.’
Crew first began shooting scenes in February in 2020, a few weeks prior to the first global lockdown, and production has been delayed multiple times due to the pandemic.
Mission: Impossible 7 is currently slated for release on May 27, 2022, with Mission: Impossible 8 expected to follow on July 7, 2023.
On location: The movie filmed in the village of Stoney Middleton in Derbyshire, with the movie using Darlton Quarry for some of the stunt scenes (pictured one of the sets)