Jeremy Renner Starring in Paramount's Mission: Impossible IV
Although a casting search began this week, Paramount has cast Jeremy Renner as the lead opposite Tom Cruise in the upcoming Mission: Impossible IV, being directed by Pixar's Brad Bird. Deadline explains: "Paramount has struggled to find the right co-star to play an operative opposite Cruise, and one factor was selecting an actor who could potentially carry the series down the line, should Cruise's Ethan Hunt character not continue." That might happen sooner than later, so Renner would replace Hunt. Actors like Tom Hardy and Chris Pine were considered, so they chose Renner who "has the grit, maturity and chops" for the role.
Between playing Hawkeye in The Avengers, Ben Affleck's The Town, and now this, Jeremy Renner is set to explode into the mainstream after his Oscar nominated role in The Hurt Locker. The studio felt that Renner had a "Daniel Craig quality" that they liked, so you can obviously see the direction they want to take this series. Shooting is expected to begin this fall in Vancouver, Prague, Dubai and the US. The latest draft of the screenplay was written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (both of shows like "Happy Town" and "Life of Mars"). Paramount has already scheduled a release date for Mission: Impossible IV in December 2011. I like Renner, he's a great actor, I just hope he fits perfectly into the Mission: Impossible world. Your thoughts?