After Vienna, the next mission is not impossible for Tom Cruise: closing a major Moroccan highway for two weeks for his next batch of daredevil stunts.
After losing the production of the latest Star Wars installment to Abu Dhabi, the Moroccan government is seen as eager to cooperate with high-profile foreign productions. To accommodate the production of Mission Impossible 5, the Moroccan National Highway Company (Societe Nationale des Autoroutes du Maroc) announced it will close the main road between Agadir and Casablanca until midnight on Sept. 12 for Christopher McQuarrie’s filming of the latest installment of the action franchise.
Cruise and co-stars Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg were spotted filming scenes on the top of the Vienna Opera House and in the city’s metro last week, and the production moved to the North African country this weekend.
Filming is set to take place in several Moroccan cities, including Casablanca, Marrakech and the capital of Rabat. Cruise arrived in Rabat Saturday, to be greeted by throngs of fans waiting outside of his hotel.
The desert country, which has been a popular shooting location for Hollywood producers since the 1962 classic Lawrence of Arabia, has been hit hard in recent years with the number of foreign productions falling steadily since the 2008 financial crisis. This year the country has been home to Nicole Kidman’s Queen of the Desert and Tom Hanks’ A Hologram for the King.