Léa Seydoux (“Robin Hood”, “Inglourious Basterds”) has been cast as the lead female villain in the fourth Mission: Impossible movie, reports Risky Business | THR:
The movie features two Europeans as its heavies, with Michael Nyqvist, the actor who played journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and its sequels, already on board as the male side of the villain coin. The movie, being directed by Brad Bird, has new franchise faces Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Vladimir Mashkov joining regulars Cruise, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg.
In related news, Deadline chimes in that “Slumdog Millionaire” star Anil Kapoor is “negotiating to play a ‘integral supporting role’ ” in the film, but he won’t be playing a villain.
Mission: Impossible (2011) is scheduled to hit theaters on December 16, 2011.