Mission: Accomplished at Fawley Power Station
Fawley Power Station recently hit the big screen with the latest instalment of the Mission: Impossible series, Mission: Impossible 5: Rogue Nation.
Initial talks to use our Hampshire-based power station as a filming venue began in July 2014 and, following his visit in October, Director Christopher McQuarrie was so impressed that he even wrote extra on-site scenes into the movie script. After weeks of negotiations, the film crew arrived on 27 October to begin preparing the site.
In the space of 14 days Fawley Power Station was transformed into a Moroccan power plant storing top-secret files! The renovation included building a new security entrance near to the visitor car park, a new lift in the foyer entrance, and a portal on the roof for Tom Cruise to open, while the control blocks corridor was transformed into a system of high-tech security scanners. The control room was also brought back to life and used in the film for monitoring of the Taurus machines cooling system.
Filming took place over the course of six days, beginning on 9 November 2014. Both Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Ilsa Faust, and Mr Cruise (Ethan Hunt) performed their own stunts, including jumping from Fawley’s Turbine Hall crane to the basement below. The pit was covered with a green screen cloth, allowing for a vortex of water to be added later by CGI – this scene features in the official teaser trailer, which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqQ-GuvG6Mc Mission: Impossible 5: Rogue Nation is in cinemas now.