Paula Patton Snags the Female Lead in New Mission Impossible

September 1, 2010
Source: Deadline

Paula Patton

Since we learned that the next film won't simply be called Mission Impossible 4, we're just going to have to refer to it as the next installment of the Mission Impossible franchise when we tell you about Deadline's news that Paula Patton (Precious, Deja Vu) has nabbed the female lead role alongside Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner. Just last week we had heard Patton was in the running with actresses like Lauren German and Kristen Kreuk, but the race is over. Patton plays a young operative who works with Ethan Hunt (Cruise) on the Impossible Mission Force. It's an interesting cast to start what will apparently be a franchise reboot.

When Cruise and Mission Impossible 3 director J.J. Abrams came up with the concept for the fourth film in the franchise, it was always going to be a franchise reboot. I'm not sure if I believe that information, or if it's just a coverup to make people uneasy about studio interference with the franchise which is something we've been hearing a lot about recently. Patton has only previously seen some action in her team up with Denzel Washington in Deja Vu four years ago, so this will be quite the change for her (and a big mainstream boost). Either way, this is going to be a blockbuster to keep an eye on simply because Pixar's Brad Bird is directing his first live-action feature, and this should open up a whole new world of possibilities for him in the future.

Hopefully one of the new possibilities will be that 1906 earthquake project we've heard about for years (and years). We'll keep you updated on all the latest! What do you think of Paula Patton working for IMF?

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She'll do fine, I'm sure.

Xerxex on Sep 1, 2010


So Cruise's hot wife from MI3 is not returning? Too bad.

ProMovieBlogger on Sep 2, 2010


Reboot or prequel? A reboot with the same main character seems a bit odd, and unnecessary.

Aaron on Sep 2, 2010


This won't be a reboot ... just a changing of the guard. Renner will be a suitable replacement for the hero / team leader. I always thought Patton would be a perfect Bond girl, but this role works just as well for her, if not better.

LetterJ13 on Sep 2, 2010


I always thought Patton and Alicia Keys could be sisters! Anyways. I think it should be fine - I agree with Xerxex DTM

Dan the Man on Sep 2, 2010


Of course...I told you so .loll! Yes!!!!! I have to celebrate now! loll!

I am... on Sep 2, 2010


"Hello, what have we here?" ....She was smokin in deja vu. Is this a true "reboot" or torch passing? Still, I liked the Woo-directed MI a lot.

Solo Calrissian on Sep 2, 2010


She's gorgeous. See Deja Vu.

Woodge on Sep 2, 2010


NOOOOOOOO I wanted Kristen Kreuk to get a big role under her belt and jump start her big screen acting career damn this sucks. Now don't get me wrong Patton is lovely and she'll do a decent job but Kreuk is way hotter. Oh well Jeremy Renner is going to steal this movie from everybody anyways.

CLAW on Sep 2, 2010


uhh although i'm madly in love with Kristen Kruek, Paual Patton is FREAKEN SMOKEN!!!! Shes the next Halle Berry. Your heard it here first.

Roderick on Sep 2, 2010

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