Paramount Pictures has cast Jeremy Renner opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible IV, Deadline New York reports:
Paramount has struggled to find the right co-star to play an operative opposite Cruise, and one factor was to selecting an actor who could potentially carry the series down the line, should Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character not continue to be the emphasis. While Cruise is expected to return for a fifth installment, production chief Adam Goodman wanted a guy who could grow into a leading man in his own right…The studio planned to test a group of young actors later this week…Kevin Zegers, Christopher Egan and Anthony Mackie, the latter of whom starred with Renner in The Hurt Locker. Deadline eventually posted a story about those actors, but it was clear that Paramount wasn’t sure what it was going to do. Those tests have been canceled. Goodman, sources said, felt Renner “has a Daniel Craig quality” that the studio chief liked.
Mission: Impossible IV goes into production this fall with Brad Bird as director. J.J. Abrams and Tom Cruise are producing.