“We rehearse on Sundays after Frisbee, every scene that we’re going to shoot that week,” said Mr. Trevorrow, who wrote the script with Emily Carmichael. “We work dialogue together. All of those questions that usually come up on set — ‘Why would my character say this?’ — all of that is addressed before.
One complication involved Chris Pratt, one of the film’s stars, whose wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, was about to give birth. Universal worked with the British government and the British Film Institute to secure a quarantine exemption that deemed entertainment workers essential, meaning they could fly into the country and go straight to work.
Mr. Pratt was with the production for three weeks at Pinewood, then flew home to be with his wife for their baby’s birth, and will return to England at the beginning of September. The production will then move to Malta, the Mediterranean island, for eight days before returning to Pinewood for seven more weeks. Once Mr. Pratt arrives on Malta, he will be tested three times in five days before he is cleared to rejoin the production.
Four crew members in Britain have tested positive for the coronavirus since early July. Two had yet to be on the set. They were quarantined for two weeks, and after three negative tests were permitted to return to work. The other two were similarly isolated, as was everyone they had been in contact with. No one has become seriously ill, the studio said. (Of the crew members who were sent to Malta in advance, four tested positive. They have been put into isolation.)