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Tom Cruise already has his team of new and returning operatives set for the next as-of-yet-untitled Mission: Impossible movie—Jeremy Renner is his right-hand man, Paula Patton is a young female operate (can we expect a romantic entanglement of some kind? Probably), and Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg are returning to their former roles—but what good is a team of secret agents without an ambiguously European bad guy for them to take down?

Problem solved: Michael Nyqvist, the Swedish actor best known for his work as journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Millennium trilogy (only the first two of which—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire—have been released in the US) has been cast as one of the film’s lead villains. Read More »

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James Gandolfini is about to start work on Violet & Daisy but is lining up work to take on after that film wraps. One possibility is Great Hope Springs, the matrimonial drama that will re-team director Mike Nichols and Meryl Streep. Jeff Bridges was one possible candidate for the same role over the summer, but he’s out of the picture.

If Gandolfini signs on, he’d also join Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Vanessa Taylor-scripted film about “a husband and wife (Gandolfini and Streep) undergoing an intense weekend of counseling to decide their future after 30 years of marriage.” Streep sparring with Gandolfini with Hoffman as the ref? Yep, I’ll take that. Vulture says the trio is keen to work together, and the film could shoot in March if deals come together.

After the break, the fourth Mission: Impossible gets a new Russian agent, and a spot is held At the Mountains of Madness for Ron Perlman. Read More »

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Just Jared has published photos of Brad Bird (Iron Giant, Ratatoullie, The Incredibles) and Tom Cruise doing location scouting for the fourth Mission: Impossible film, which plans to shoot under the working title Aries starting on December 6 and going through early March 2011. The film is set to co-star Jeremy Renner as BrandtPaula Patton (Precious) as ‘a young operative who works with Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character’, and Simon Pegg reprising his role as Benji Dunn. Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec wrote the screenplay. Not really news, but i thought I’d share the photo as today’s Photo of the Day.

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Briefly: Last week three actresses were testing for one of the plum female roles in the new Mission: Impossible film, to be directed by Brad Bird with Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner starring. Lauren German (Hostel: Part II), Paula Patton (Precious) and Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) were all in the running, but now Paula Patton has been handed the part. (As we guess, I might add.)

Deadline says she’ll play ‘a young operative who works with Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character.’ No new info there. The report also reiterates that the film won’t be called Mission: Impossible 4, which means we’ll now spend some time calling it ‘the next Mission: Impossible‘ until Paramount coughs up a new title.

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KAAOS_1-Sheet_CS4_v19.inddThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley remember the passing of a too-young talent, discuss the nature of biopics, reflect on the state of the Mission: Impossible series, and share memories of a Blockbuster long gone.

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We now know that Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner will play the two primary agents in Paramount’s upcoming Mission: Impossible 4. (Until we know what the final title of this new Mission: Impossible film will be, we’re just going to call it Mission: Impossible 4. Hopefully that’ll avoid confusion for the time being.)

There are obviously quite a few other parts to cast. As the studio gears up towards a fall shoot, we should soon start hearing a lot of other names being thrown around. For instance, there’s also a female operative in the film and Deadline now reports that Lauren German (Hostel: Part II), Paula Patton (Precious) and Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) are testing for the role. If I had to put money down I’d go with Paula Patton, but since we don’t know anything about the role other than ‘female operative’ (the easy guess: she dies) it’s too early to make any realistic call on who’ll get hired. [Deadline]

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Yesterday when we told you about Jeremy Renner being hired to play opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 4, I said that we didn’t actually know much at all about the script, and wondered how some new elements of the story would be structured.

Now there’s new info that suggests some interesting things, including the possibility that the film won’t even be called Mission: Impossible at all. What? Read More »

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There’s been a lot of talk about how Paramount would manage Mission: Impossible 4 after the not outrageously good box-office of Knight and Day. (Which was also not outrageously disappointing, as the film has made twice in foreign markets what it pulled domestically.) The big idea was that the studio would expand the script a bit to be split more evenly between Tom Cruise‘s Ethan Hunt character and another operative.

That seems to be the case, and now we know who’ll play the other guy: Jeremy Renner. Read More »

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Paramount Pictures and director Brad Bird are going to begin testing actors to star alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 4. The Wrap is reporting that Keven Zegers (Frozen), Christopher Egan (Resident Evil: Extinction) and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) are in contention for roles in the new film. It is unclear if they are in competition with each other for the same role, or if they are up for a number of roles in the new M:I team. It was previously rumored that Paramount had decided to rework the script to introduce “a young operative” for Ethan Hunt to mentor (ie another, more bankable star, to put on the poster and sell in tv spots and trailers) after Knight and Day failed to hit big at the box office.

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