Jeremy Renner Joins Mission Impossible IV?

August 27, 2010 by  
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renner300Jeremy Renner will star alongside Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible IV. Paramount Pictures have been searching for a younger actor to breathe new life into the franchise, and they believe they have found that in the Hurt Locker actor.

Paramount had wanted to cast a younger actor capable of replacing Cruise in any further films, but have decided instead to cast Renner, who is 39-years old. According to Deadline, the studio had been interested in Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, but both were booked.

They subsequently planned to test a group of young actors, including Eragon’s Christopher Egan and We Are Marshall’s Anthony Mackie. But they finally opted for Mackie’s Hurt Locker co-star to take on the role.

Renner’s character is expected to be a fellow operative who works with Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. Renner will also appear in Josh Whedon’s Avengers movie as Hawkeye. Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames are both in negotiations to appear in the film, which will be directed by Brad Bird.

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