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Jeremy Renner Starring in Paramount's Mission: Impossible IV

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August 26, 2010
Source: Deadline

Jeremy Renner

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?

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  • jjboldt
    Not a bad choice at all. Altough I wouldn't have minded seeing Pine get the role because since Star Trek, I'd like to see him in more flicks and I think he would've helped this movie. Again though, Renner is a good one too.
  • blah
    how the hell do they plan to reboot this with Renner when he's 41 yo, almost the same age as tom? (and cruise looks really young). how will jeremy play a young operative? they crazy. ..get Tom Hardy!
  • I think Renner and Cruise will play off of each other nicely, now we just need a fitting villain and we'll be in for a real treat. ...It seems like Paramount is positioning MI to be their answer to the Bond franchise which I'd love to see them pull off because I love the world and characters of MI.
  • harm
    Good choice. Renner has always been great. Glad to see him getting the props he deserves. And between this, The Town, and The Avengers hopefully we'll get to see more of him. Chris Pine wouldn't have been bad but he's too much like Cruise to play opposite him. I could see him in a later MI movie after Cruise has departed. Go watch Star Trek again. He carries himself a lot like Cruise.
  • Spider94
    why is it always the big name actors they have to choose? the coulda atleast chosen someone new who hasnt been in this kind of role yet.woulda been worth the risk,yes i think so
  • Cody w
    Think they shouldve chosen Hardy, just cause they said they wanted a name that could keep carrying the movie....Dunno Hardy just seems much more fit for the role.
  • Dandooo
    I have to say, I never even thaought about Renner, and although he seems an ok fit I just think Tom Hardy would be SO much better. Either way tho I'm looking forward to seeing this movie, love the whole MI world.
  • Al
    I like Renner, but he's a lil' too old, no?
  • Gadder4311
    Two words: Hell yeah!
  • Solo Calrissian
    I just saw the Woo-directed MI again last weekend... Pretty freaken cool. kinda forgot. Bring back woo too! (ha!)
  • tazz
    Anthony Mackie, Kevin Zegers and Christopher Egan was also consider to Alex. Anthony Mackie, should of been casted instead of Jeremy Renner. i like Jeremy Renner but Hollywood is just going with him as the new IT boy.
  • lego
    Hardy woulda been better for the franchise for sure. heres a twist, they get hardy to play the bad guy, but then it turns out he really the good guy, and renner played the bad one. then hardy continues on. that'd be nice to see, then again i woulda just ruined the movie for all of u
  • Jesus
    !
  • wonderette
    @4: Pine actually based his portrayal of Kirk on Maverick (as well as Indiana Jones and Han Solo) so it's no surprise he carries himself that way.
  • Dan
    Renner...good. Bronson... better. So is Renner going to be what Hardy was in Inception....
  • Sam
    Kudos to Paramount and Cruise for a brave choice and props to Renner for landing the gig.
  • Michael
    Would be better without Cruise.

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