Ving Rhames Confirmed to Return to Action in 'Mission: Impossible 5'
by Ethan Anderton
August 18, 2014
At one time, there were rumblings that Jeremy Renner might take over the Mission: Impossible franchise from Tom Cruise as the latter superstar seemed to be fading from box office glory. But Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol proved to be a big success, and Cruise is still very much on board to star in Mission: Impossible 5 from director Christopher McQuarrie, and Renner will be back in a supporting role along with the return of Simon Pegg. Now one more franchise star is back as McQuarrie himself took to Twitter to welcome back Ving Rhames to the production, reprising his role as IMF agent Luther Stickell. Read on!
Here's Christopher McQuarrie's confirmation of Ving Rhames in Mission: Impossible 5 from Twitter:
— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) August 16, 2014
Rhames only had a small cameo role in Ghost Protocol, but we're hoping that Rhames gets more screentime like he did in Mission: Impossible III. We're still not sure where the story is going, but reports have pegged Alec Baldwin as playing the head of the CIA and White Queen star Rebecca Ferguson taking the female lead this time. It doesn't sound like Paula Patton will be returning, but none of the female co-stars from the previous films have returned either, making them similar to the vixens from James Bond girls in that respect. Production is already underway in London, and the film arrives on Christmas of 2015.