The recently invigorated Mission: Impossible franchise (well, not too recently — can you believe that Ghost Protocol was released in 2011? It seems like yesterday we were watching Tom Cruise scale that glassy high rise in gut-churning 3D!) is busy shaping up the cast for the series’ next outing, set to hit theaters in 2015.
The film already has some essential talents attached — including Cruise, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner (yes, they’re still trying to make this Jeremy-Renner-is-the-heir-to-the-throne thing happen) — but now the production is lining up some fresh faces for the feature.
Deadline reports that Alec Baldwin is currently in talks to play the head of the CIA in the next film, in a role that would clearly allow the hot-headed actor room to wear a suit and yell a lot. There’s no word on what else the part could entail, but Baldwin is capable of spicing up all kinds of films with his mere presence, and seeing him back in actual action could be quite amusing. After all, he was the first on-screen Jack Ryan. The guy knows his spy work.
Deadline also reports that the production has snagged a less well-known name for another, most likely bigger, part in the film. Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson is set to play the female lead in the feature. The role is being kept under wraps, but the outlet assures us that it was a “coveted” part. Ferguson may be less of a name than Baldwin, but she’s got some solid stuff to recommend her, including a Golden Globe nomination for the BBC’s The White Queen and an upcoming role in this summer’s Hercules.
The Mission: Impossible series has consistently cast interesting actresses, including Michelle Monaghan (who keeps popping up as Ethan Hunt’s wife), Lea Seydoux, Paula Patton, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, Vanessa Redgrave, Thandie Newton, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Emmanuelle Beart. It’s certainly a nice tradition to be a part of, and it could also prove to be a major jumpstart to Ferguson’s just-revving career.
Although we know very little about the plot of the film — hey, it will somehow involve the CIA! — that will probably change soon. Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie is on board to direct the film, with a script by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, the upcoming Sherlock Holmes 3). The film is aiming to start shooting in August, so expect more casting news and possibly some intriguing plot information to start leaking out soon. There’s one thing we can count on, though, this next feature will up the action, considering how great and inventive those sequences were in Ghost Protocol (and how much everyone loved them).
The film will be released on December 25, 2015. Merry Christmas.
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