Tom Cruise films delayed amid spike in US Covid-19 cases

The Tom Cruise films Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7 have been postponed due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in the United States due to the Delta variant.

Studio Paramount said the sequel to Top Gun will now be released next May instead of November 2021.

Mission: Impossible 7 has been postponed from May 2022 to the following September.

Paramount has also postponed the release of the comedy Jackass Forever from October to February.

The steps come as the US sees another wave of Covid-19 due to the more transmissible Delta variant, with studios worrying that the recurrence of the virus will keep customers away from theaters.

The daily average of cases in America was 160,041 on Tuesday, according to official figures.

Despite Delta’s influence in the US, UK and Europe, movie fans can look forward to big releases in the coming weeks.

The long-awaited James Bond film No Time To Die will be released in September, while highly anticipated films such as Dune, The Many Saints Of Newark and The French Dispatch will be released in October.

In Top Gun: Maverick, a sequel to the 1986 action original, Cruise, 59, will repeat the role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

Mission: Impossible 7 will see the Hollywood star again as special agent Ethan Hunt.

Both films have been repeatedly postponed amid the pandemic.

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