Cruise and Raja discussed shooting the action film in North-Western Norway, known for its spectacular fjords, mountain, waterfalls and rugged coastline.
Raja tweeted that he is “hoping to get Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible back into Norway” and also released a short recording of his conversation with the actor.
“It’s a gorgeous country. I can’t wait to get back there,” said the actor in the clip. “I’m very excited, as is the whole crew, about coming back.”
Norway provided the backdrop for one of Mission: Impossible – Fallout‘s most memorable scenes, in which Cruise scales a sheer cliff face, known as Pulpit Rock, which is surrounded by mountain peaks with an impressive 600-metre drop into a fjord.
However, the Minister acknowledged that current coronavirus restrictions could pose a logistical challenge for the production, adding that he would discuss the film’s return with the government: “The coronavirus means that at the moment it is not possible to come to Norway in the same way as before,” he said. “We will have to discuss this in the government and make regulations for it before we give permission to film in Norway. We will abide by the rules and coronavirus restrictions. I will take my conversation with Cruise to the government.”
Norway currently asks those arriving from a number of non-EU countries – including the U.S. – to observe a 10-day quarantine period. However, Cruise has been in the UK in recent weeks for the re-start of production and much of the film’s crew is UK-based so this may not be such an issue.