In a desperate hope that people might starting giving a sh*t about the franchise, Paramount has cast The Hurt Locker‘s Jeremy Renner in Mission Impossible IV. It shoots in the fall with Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles) directing and JJ Abrams producing. Jeez, imagine if we could get this level of talent working on something that wasn’t a fourth sequel to an adaptation of a 60s TV show, huh?
Renner will star alongside Tom Cruise in the fourth installment of a franchise that will begin production in the fall. It is the second major role for Renner coming out of his turn as the reckless explosives specialist in the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker. Renner also will star in Marvel Studios’ The Avengers, playing the role of Hawkeye. Renner will next be seen in the Ben Affleck-directed The Town, the GK Films-produced drama that Warner Bros opens September 17.
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. [Deadline]
“Down the line”? Jesus christ, you’ve already got four of them. How many franchises produced good movies after the fourth? The only one I can think of is Phattys Rhymes and Dimes, and as good as Jeremy Renner is, he’s no Brian Pumper. For his part, Cruise is said to be delighted by the casting of Renner (who was “outed” by the National Enquirer earlier this year), inviting his new co-star out to watch the latest matches of American football at the local tavern, as long as there aren’t any gays in there.