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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Picks ‘Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner To Co-Star With Tom Cruise In ‘Mission: Impossible 4′

Mike Fleming

BREAKING:: So Paramount Pictures won’t be screen-testing any young actors to star opposite Tom Cruise after all. I’ve learned that the studio has just chosen Jeremy Renner to infuse new blood in its Mission: Impossible franchise. Renner is the Oscar-nominated star of The Hurt Locker and will star alongside Cruise in the fourth installment of the franchise that will begin production in the fall as a reboot. Brad Bird is directing and Cruise is producing with JJ Abrams.

Paramount has struggled to find the right co-star to play the operative opposite Cruise. One factor was  selecting an actor who could potentially carry the series on his own down the line, should Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character not continue to be the emphasis. While Cruise is expected to return for a fifth installment, production chief Adam Goodman wanted a guy who could grow into a leading man in his own right. The studio boss was interested in actors like Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, but they were booked. So the studio planned to test a group of young actors later this week, and Deadline spent all Tuesday going back and forth with the studio over candidates Kevin Zegers, Christopher Egan and Anthony Mackie (the latter of whom starred with Renner in The Hurt Locker). But it was clear that Paramount wasn’t sure what it was going to do. Those tests have been canceled now (Mackie, another seasoned actor poised for … Read More »

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…Tom Cruise-Paramount Deal Pending!

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So I was told this today by an insider about that recent Sumner Redstone-Tom Cruise rapprochement meal at the very public Polo Lounge: “Jews like to break bread before Passover! If the economics are right, Paramount is interested in working with its old friend.” But here’s the breaking news: I’ve been forewarned about a big Paramount-Tom Cruise announcement soon. (Redstone’s Viacom owns the movie studio.) Will wonders never cease? Sure, when the price is right.

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