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From 7-9 November,  Tom Cruise, along with 100 Hollywood crew members, will occupy the spectacular Preikestolen, sealing the area off from visitors.

Published: 25 October 2017

More than most Hollywood royalty, Tom Cruise is famous for performing his owns stunts. 

From harrowing rock-climbing in Utah to abseiling the world’s tallest sky-scraper: both the actor and the Mission Impossible film series is known for their thrilling and risky action set pieces. 

Now, in the final scenes of the upcoming blockbuster Mission Impossible 6, Mr. Cruise will have his hands full with one of Norway’s most spectacular and visited natural wonders.

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A choice location

Why Preikestolen was chosen as the dramatic location for the films final scenes is no mystery. The 25 × 25 meter (82 ft × 82 ft) wide mountain shelf sits 604 meters (2000 feet) above the majestic Lysefjord, and has been named one of the world’s most spectacular viewpoints by both Lonely Planet and BBC. 

“We hope this will be a nice exposure for both Preikestolen and the surrounding area”, says Audun Rake, CEO of Stiftelsen Preikestolen.

At this time of year, between 100 and 200 daily visitors complete the trek to the Preikestolen. For the five days leading up to the shoot with Mr. Cruise, trekkers will be guided to a plateau above the rock.

When the cameras start rolling, however, boundaries will be extended, sealing the entire area off from 7-9 November. 

Rake says security has been strengthened to control the flow of trekkers. 

“People will be guided to a point that offers a beautiful view of both the valley and the fjord, but Preikestolen itself will be off limits in this period,” he says.

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A cliffhanger ending

Favourable weather in early November is in no way guaranteed. When a Hollywood-delegation from Paramount Pictures recently visited the area for inspections, strong winds excluded use of helicopters. Audun Rake, however, isn´t worried. 

“As i understand it, a bit of wind and rain won’t effect the shoot in a major way”, he says. 

According to rumours, the scene in question will make up the last few minutes of Mission Impossible 6. The dramatic content of the scene remains unknown, but the choice of location does lead to a few obvious assumptions. 

“It’s not hard to imagine someone dangling off the cliff at some point”, Rake says.

An expected spike in visitors

People enjoying the view of Lysefjorden from Preikestolen Turister nyter utsikten over Lysefjorden fra Preikestolen
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Preikestolen.
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The production will receive up to 6.3 million kroner (about 780 000 USD) in incentives from The Norwegian Film Institute (NFI). After it´s premiere next year, many are expecting an increased number of visitors to both Preikestolen and the surrounding area. 

“We believe there will be a spike in visitors, but not as a long term effect”, says Audun Rake. “I have little faith in seeing double numbers of trekkers, which is not desirable anyway.” 

It’s not the first time Preikestolen is used as a filming location. Among others, Bollywood shot here a few years ago, but with Mr. Cruise and the upcoming Paramount film shoot, Audun Rake and his organisation is accommodating for the biggest production yet.

“It’s an exiting time”, he says. 

“The experiences we gain in the following weeks will determine our strategy and decision-making for years to come.”

Production postponed

The shoot was originally planned for September, but Mr. Cruises insistence on performing his own stunts had an unexpected consequence this summer. 

During a rooftop chase, the superstar jumped between two buildings in central London, hit a wall and broke his ankle. In a following statement, director Christopher McQuarrie was quick to reassure audiences about the actors physical prowess. 

“He is in better shape and better form than I have seen him on any of the movies we’ve worked on in the last 10 years”, the director said - adding a predicted recovery time of seven weeks.

Five weeks later, Mr. Cruise was back in action. How the stunts will look on the silver screen remains to be seen until the movie premieres in August 2018.

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