For the new “Mission: Impossible” part, Tom Cruise is said to have received a rare permit: Westminster Abbey is to become the film set.

Hollywood star Tom Cruise (60) is said to have received an extremely rare permit in London. The actor is said to have been given permission to shoot inside Westminster Abbey for his film Mission: Impossible 8, according to The Sun newspaper.

Cruise always strives for “the biggest and the best,” the newspaper quoted an insider as saying. “So when he wanted to shoot in a church for the new Mission film, it had to be Westminster Abbey.” Almost every such request will be turned down, the anonymous source said, so it’s “an incredible honor for Tom and the production team.”

Postponed due to Corona

This extraordinary location sets the benchmark for “how big this movie will be. The budget is of course enormous, but the ambitions are even bigger,” said the alleged insider, according to the “Sun”. Until the viewers can experience this, however, a little patience is required.

Parts seven and eight of the “Mission: Impossible” series had been postponed due to the corona pandemic. The new part, which will be called “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”, is scheduled to hit theaters in July next year. In addition to Cruise, Ving Rhames (63), Simon Pegg (52), Vanessa Kirby (34) and Rebecca Ferguson (38) will be seen in the film. The start of part eight is then planned for the summer of 2024.

Tom Cruise fans have been able to admire the movie star in “Top Gun: Maverick” for a few weeks now. Cruise’s new film is currently breaking many records, surpassing $1 billion at the global box office at the end of June. It is the 60-year-old’s first film to reach this rare milestone. His next highest-grossing film is 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which grossed $791.1 million.