Count Black Widow as the latest major tentpole film to push back its release date. According to Variety, the first and last solo outing for Scarlett Johansson’s Fallen Avenger will be rescheduled for a later date. This is not surprising given the seriousness of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic engulfing the world.
The Disney/Marvel Studios film was scheduled to hit theaters on May 1. The studio also pulled The Personal History of David Copperfield, and The Woman in the Window.
Disney still has Artemis Fowl scheduled for May 29 and Pixar’s Soul for June 19.
Black Widow also stars Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, William Hurt, Ray Winstone and Olivier Richters. Let us know if you’re looking forward to the movie in the comments.
Coronavirus can’t stop Cruise
Paramount’s highly anticipated Mission: Impossible 7 was the first major upcoming blockbuster to delay production due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Now after shutting down its entire three-week Italy shoot, Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie have resumed shooting.
Daily Mail is now reporting that production has officailly moved to a test track in Dunsfold, a village in Surrey, England, where Cruise was spotted performing some high octane stunts on a motorcycle, including an insane wheelie, earlier yesterday.
The 3x Academy Award-nominated actor then filmed a number of wild car and helicopter scenes in what appears to be an extended chase sequence that will feature multiple vehicles and also involve franchise newcomer Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger), who was spotted filming alongside Cruise in an orange MINI.
Following the outdoor shoot, the Mission team is expected to move to Buckinghamshire’s Pinewood Studios to film additional sequences, but it remains to be seen how much longer they’ll be able to continue on with the pandemic worsening in the United Kingdom.
Other 2021 films that were shooting in the U.K., including Jurassic World: Dominion, The Matrix 4 and Fantastic Beasts 3, have all stopped production temporarily.
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