The cast and crew of Mission Impossible: 7 began filming scenes in Venice last week, but the shoot has been brought to a halt due to a coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Paramount Pictures said: "Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three-week shoot in Venice, the scheduled first leg of an extensive production for Mission: Impossible 7.

"During this hiatus, we want to be mindful of the concerns of the crew and are allowing them to return home until production starts. We will continue to monitor this situation, and work alongside health and government officials as it evolves."

Tom Cruise is set to return as secret agent Ethan Hunt for two more Mission: Impossible movies. 

Paramount has scheduled the release of the seventh film for July 23, 2021, while an eighth instalment will hit cinemas on August 5, 2022.

Paramount Pictures has also announced that it will be delaying the release of Sonic the Hedgehog in China due to the coronavirus. 

In a statement, the film company said: "Sonic will only be slowing down his pace temporarily, and we look forward to bringing him zooming onto the big screen in China once it is appropriate to do so." 

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