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COVID Forces The Doctor Strange Sequel To Pause Filming

Production on Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness has halted after the UK was plunged into a third COVID lockdown

Doctor Strange and his mad Multiverse has been derailed by the pandemic. The ever-escalating pandemic has hit the United Kingdom even harder than before. A new strain of the COVID-19 virus which has been determined to be even more infectious than previous strains has hit the country, forcing all but the most essential services to close for the foreseeable future.

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Movie making has managed to continue until now, with strict protocols in place. But that sadly hasn’t prevented one film from having to halt filming.

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Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness‘ began filming in December of last year, thankfully earlier than anticipated, hopefully negating the chance that the film will suffer a release delay. But with the pandemic being at it’s highest in London and the surrounding areas, the decision has been taken to pause production for the time being.

Actress Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch is currently in London filming her role and now finds herself locked down with the rest of the U.K population. Speaking as a virtual guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live where she was promoting the upcoming January 15th debut of the Disney+ series ‘Wandavision‘, the young actress spoke about the current situation.

“Since the hospitals are overwhelmed here, we can’t go back to work until that calms down. I’m just safely hanging out here, and just really grateful I get to be working. Disney has kept me busy during quarantine!”

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Not every production has had to halt filming though. The upcoming DC Films ‘The Batman, featuring Robert Pattinson making his debut as the character is close to completing principal photography and as such, has kept the cameras rolling to get it over the finish line.

Also, the Tom Cruise sequel ‘Mission Impossible 7‘ has managed to continue filming with the strict protocols in place to protect the cast and crew. After Tom Cruise’s meltdown a few weeks back, the production seems to be moving along without any further problems.

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Another film in production in London is Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid‘. Although the film continues filming as scheduled, it can’t be ruled out that it too will halt production sometime in the coming days or weeks. We will bring you any further developments as they happen.

Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live


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