Tom Cruise shoots for Mission Impossible 7 in Rome

Tom Cruise took a brief break from filming to greet a crowd of fans gathered on the streets of Rome on Sunday, as production continued on Mission: Impossible 7.

Sharply dressed in a grey waistcoat with a crisp white shirt, the 58-year-old actor donned a black face mask over a blue surgical one as he greeted the throng of onlookers, who held their phones aloft to capture shots of the star.

Once back to work before cameras, the Cruise and his co-star Hayley Atwell, 38, were seen chained to a steering wheel as they shot gripping car chase scenes.

With a production crew surrounding them as they sat together in the black vehicle, the pair looked focused as they got into their respective characters for the scenes.

In between takes, Cruise put safety first, wearing his pair of masks as he mingled with co-stars, crew and fans on the picturesque set of the upcoming movie. 

Having already utilised many of the Italian capital's most iconic landmarks, the team were seen shooting near the Victor Emmanuel II Monument.

The day before, Cruise was seen getting behind the wheel of a vintage yellow Fiat 500 as he prepared for dramatic stand-off scenes with a squad of police cars.

Work on film has seen the cast and crew go before cameras in a range of European locations, including the UK and Norway, as well as the Italian city of Venice.

The shoot is understood to be nearing completion after a turbulent filming schedule caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In October, Tom held crisis talks with director Christopher McQuarrie after 12 people on set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

Health chiefs were said to be tracing the contacts of those who tested positive after filming was suspended, dashing hopes it was an isolated case.

It appeared to be yet another blow for the action movie franchise after filming was suspended earlier this year during the first European wave of coronavirus when cases rose sharply in Italy.

The actor and the director, who worked together on previous Mission Impossible movies and Jack Reacher, were deep in conversation at their luxury base in the city, days after the situation came to light, but filming has now been allowed to continue with production restarting in recent weeks.    —Daily Mail UK