Rees Valley will play Iraq in Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible 6
New Zealand will stand in for Iraq in the Tom Cruise film Mission Impossible 6.
Cruise is set to film scenes from the film in the Rees Valley, a remote part of Central Otago 30 minutes from Glenorchy.
When Stuff visited the set on Wednesday, an area of the rugged mountain valley was cordoned off and construction had begun on a range of house-sized buildings.
The location was remote, with some parts of the road accessible only to 4WD vehicles.
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A source at the scene said construction had begun a "couple of weeks ago", and the set was on private property.
It's understood the set will be replicating Iraq. Filming in the war-torn Middle Eastern country would raise a number of difficulties for the production, including that it would be difficult to get helicopters into the air to shoot from.
Film Otago Southland executive manager KJ Jennings would not confirm or deny the buildings were the Mission Impossible set.
Cruise was filming for Mission Impossible in Paris earlier this week, according to the Daily Mail. The movie began shooting on April 8.
Cruise's co-stars on the film include Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris and Henry Cavill.
Mission Impossible 6 is directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who also did the fifth installment, Rogue Nation. It's due for release in July next year.
Skydance Media CEO David Ellison recently said the sixth instalment would "top anything that's come before" and revealed Cruise has been in training for a year in preparation for the one of his stunts.
"It is going to be, I believe, the most impressive and unbelievable thing that Tom Cruise has done in a movie, and he has been working on it since right after Rogue Nation came out," Ellison told Collider.
"It's gonna be mind-blowing."
Cruise, 54, previously spent time in New Zealand in 2003, when he starred in Taranaki-shot The Last Samurai.
The area where the Mission Impossible set is being built was also used for The Hobbit in 2011.