Sunday, August 29, 2010
Jeremy Renner to be new Tom Cruise (in Mission Impossible universe)
Part time-actor, Scientologist, and noted couch jumper Tom Cruise is retiring from the Mission Impossible franchise after the upcoming fourth installment, currently slated for a December 2011 release date. Paramount announced earlier this week that they would be casting for his replacement soon...some fresh young actor who would also co-star in MI4 as a bit of a transition plan. They then immediately chose The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner, who wasn't on the original short list, and at 39, is hardly a "fresh face."
But no matter. It's hardly news that Renner can play a badass, as anyone who saw The Hurt Locker can tell you, so it's probable this will be a step up for the franchise, at least in terms of believability. And surely Tom Cruise contibuted to the research that went into casting the role.