A few days ago we reported that actresses Lauren German (Happy Town), Paula Patton (Precious), and Kristin Kreuk (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) had all tested for the lead female role in the upcoming Mission: Impossible film. Deadline is now reporting that the role has gone to Paula Patton, who will be playing a “a young operative who works with Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character.” Details are still being kept under wraps for the latest installment of the franchise, but here is a quick recap of what we know so far.
- The film is, in fact, a reboot and will not be called Mission: Impossible IV
- Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) has been cast in the film and is being set up to carry the franchise for future installments
- The film will be produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles)
- Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg will be returning to reprise their characters from the previous films.
The still untitled Mission:Impossible reboot starts production this Fall and will be released on December 16th, 2011.