Jeremy Renner joins MI:4

Cruise finds his co-star

Paramount have been combing through the ranks of young Hollywood talent for months now in search of a suitable foil for Tom Cruise, with a fourth entry to the Mission Impossible looming large.

The initial plan was to cast a lesser known actor in what would be a star-making role, with Anthony Mackie, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine all mooted as possible choices.

However it looks as though the studio have had a fairly major change of heart, eventually plumping for an older head in the shape of 39-year-old Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner.

Renner will play a secondary operative to Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, but that’s about all we know in terms of character details. What we do know is that Brad Bird will be behind the camera, and filming is slated to begin in the next couple of months in time for a prospective release date of December 16th 2011.

Deadline report that a key element in the casting process was finding someone who could eventually pick up the baton from Cruise, so if this one is a success, Renner could find himself with a franchise on his hands…

Is Renner a good partner for Cruise? Or would you rather have seen one of the others bag the role?

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    • gonzoBen

      Aug 27th 2010, 9:50

      Cast Devito as the villain and we'll have ourselves the tallest film in the history of height.

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    • Area51

      Aug 27th 2010, 12:53

      Tom Hardy would be good, but he's already restarting the Mad Max Franchise. What about the villain?? Matt Damon would be an ironic but good choice following his evil touch in The Departed

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 27th 2010, 19:01

      Poor Tom, his time is coming to an end, I'll miss you Maverick.

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    • SexandHotCoffee

      Aug 29th 2010, 23:17

      I remember first seeing Renner in SWAT opposite Farrel and wondering why he hadn't been picked up for something bigger. If he goes through with this, then it could really bring into public awareness, much deservedly i say.

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    • marc96

      Nov 28th 2010, 16:07

      i first saw jeremy renner when he appeared in a season 2 episode of Angel...he even stood out then so when i saw him in s.w.a.t my first response was "hey! its that dude from Angel!!" , think its safe to say hes done rather well since then..... any film that has him in is a bonus. but i think Tom Hardy would have been awesome, forget mad max, those films should be left alone

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