Norway is the latest stop for Tom Cruise’s peripatetic “Mission: Impossible” franchise, with the production hiring two ships from Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten.
Hurtigruten has confirmed to Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang that they have rented out two of their ships, MS Vesterålen and MS Fridtjof Nansen, for a month, beginning at the end of August until the end of September, to local production services company Truenorth Norway.
The purpose of the ships is to house crew in one place, with the intention of shielding them from any possible COVID-19 infection, as hotel space in the area is insufficient, Variety understands.
At least one of the ships, the MS Fridtjof Nansen, is docked at Hellesylt and will serve as a hotel-ship during filming, as confirmed by the Counsilor of Stranda municipality to Norway Today.
The Norwegian government has exempted the crew from quarantine requirements, it was announced last week. The Norwegian Film Institute has invested NOK50 million ($5.69 million) in the production.
However, two Norwegian unions, Fellesforbundet and Sjømannsforbundet, have reported Hurtigruten to the police over allegations of low minimum wages for the Filipino workers on board, which Variety has been unable to verify.
The seventh instalment of the franchise filmed in Italy until paused by the pandemic, moved to the U.K. briefly and is now in Norway. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, it is due a November 2021 release.