Jeremy Renner Joins Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 4

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 11th, 2013 at 12:37 pm,

Coming off his Oscar nomination for his performance in The Hurt Locker, Jeremy Renner is unsurprisingly high in demand. He has The Town coming out soon where he co-stars with Ben Affleck; he’s going to play Hawkeye for Marvel Studios in more than one of their movies and now, he’s going to co-star with Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 4.

Tom Cruise wants this project to happen and he wants it to be big. He started off on the right foot by bringing back J.J. Abrams to produce and two weeks ago Cruise took a paycut and will only earn his share off the back-end profit of the film. Now he’s assembling a very talented cast.

Mission: Impossible franchise veteran Ving Rhames was confirmed to return in M:I IV two weeks ago and chances are that Simon Pegg will be as well since we heard that he was in negotiations back in July.  Throw in the possibility of Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace possibly having a part to play and now Renner signing on, and the fourth installment of Cruise’s spy franchise is coming together nicely.

It’s been speculated previously that the studio would be looking to pass the Mission: Impossible series on to a younger replacement and Deadline reports that this is why they were having a tough time deciding on who would co-star with Cruise in Mission: Impossible 4. This is also why we heard yesterday that young actors Christopher Egan (Resident Evil: Extinction), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) and Kevin Zegers (Dawn of the Dead) were set to screentest with Cruise but that’s no longer happening.

Instead, they went the route of established star and while they showed interest in Star Trek’s Chris Pine and Inception’s Tom Hardy, both were booked and they went for the older Jeremy Renner who also has the star power. Deadline also explains that Cruise will most certainly be back for a Mission: Impossible 5 but if the character he plays, Ethan Hunt, is not the main character, Renner can lead the series forward.

In my books, Renner can do no wrong. He can play the perfect hero, the perfect villain and/or the perfect action star so I’m now very excited about seeing him share the screen with Cruise in their next spy adventure.

With this and his role as the bow and arrow wielding archer Hawkwye in The Avengers, Renner is continuing his streak of playing likable bad-ass characters as he did so well in S.W.A.T., 28 Weeks Later and The Hurt Locker.

Share your thoughts in the comments and with us on Twitter @rob_keyes and @screenrant.

Keep reading Screen Rant for more Mission: Impossible 4 news. M:I IV shoots in the Vancouver, Prague, Dubai and parts of the U.S. for a December 16, 2011 release.

Source: Deadline

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  1. i just hope all this new found fame wont go to the guys head, i generally like the guy.

  2. This is a very smart move by Paramoount.

  3. This is a very smart move by paramount.

  4. He’s 41…. i mean i think he’s a great actor,,,but to take on a high octane franchise? To take over from someone? I dunno. I’d still watch though. He’s awesome.

    • 39!

      I know what you mean but he can easily do 3 films with no issue.

      • Think so? Well I definitely HOPE so. His acting is top-notch. I’d hate to see unnecessary use of stunt people because his knee cartilage is wearing too thin by the time he’s 46 (3rd movie). He’ll film this probably next year, so he’s 40 for the first movie. Then at least 2 years before the 2nd, and so on. Unless they do a Twilight/Harry Potter thing. Is it me or are we running out of young actors who can do the leg work AND REALLY act? How many guys under 40 with the physicality and acting chops to do a really good action movie are there? Seriously I can’t think of many. Remind me man, ’cause I’m about to get depressed :(

  5. Only 5 years older than Tom Cruise was for the first M:I? Works for me. I really hope they bring more emphasis onto the whole team dynamic, since I never really felt like that gelled in M:I 3. Ving and Simon are definitely better signs that the studio may be thinking the same thing.

    Remember years ago when Paramount said that they were prepared to make Brad Pitt the highest-paid actor in history to take over the franchise? Kinda makes you wonder how different things might be… but I’m sure Jeremy doesn’t mind.

    • i agree about the need for the team dynamic.the mission impossible movies to me were bad as mission imposible movies,not necessarly bad movies, because the mission imposible series was not about guns, explosions and various flashy things but the team which showcased nobody in particular .the movies otherwise had a tom cruse showcase .

      to make it worse ,in the original only one charactor from the original series was in it.jim phelps.the one played by peter graves.and they made him a traiter.that really soured me on the whole respect for the original mission impossible.

  6. I’m a big fan been following his carer since I saw him on Angel he was great in it

    • Who was he in Angel????

      • LOL I was shocked to he was on Angel,too!!! Im still trying tofure out what character.

  7. I like Renner as an actor,but man does he have some weird looking finger nails.

    • I looked it up and it looks almost as if he had some slight clubbing of the fingers, not to the point where his fingertips are twice the size of his fingers, but he has abnormally large fingernails which can be a sign. I hope he doesn’t, it can be a sign of heart disease!!

  8. I met Renner at a recent event and he’s a very cool guy. We talked about Hurt Locker, he hated the location and said the entire shoot was miserable.
    I asked him how they got the flies to land on his face and he said that they would cover up the food at craft service and the flies would swarm the crew.

    Ironically he’s shorter in person then he looks on screen. (Same with Sam Worthington, btw). He’s the same height as Cruse, but way cooler!!!!

  9. He’s ok, but the Hurt Locker was very average.

  10. It was only like one episode first season. He played a seriel killer vampire that Angel sired he would carve a cross in his victims face as he killed them.

    • Oh yeah, Angel thinks He is killing the people in his sleep but its this other guy!

  11. Yep Sam you got it. Nest part of that episode is When Cordilia asks for a steak and Wes is like ” Its 8 in the morning ” lol of course she meant for the vamp. I’m fairly certain it’s that episode small chance I’m wrong though. That line just stuck with I don’t know why.

  12. I thought his performance in the hurt locker wasn’t that great. I didn’t think the movie was that great either. But i guess oscar wins and nominations can get you work.

    • Really Sully? I mean I liked Hurt Locker, but I can understand why some people didn’t still tough I can’t see how anyone could think that his performance wasn’t that great. He nailed it and nails everything he is in and I thought he made Brad Pitt look like an amateur in Assassination of Jesse James.

  13. Let me redo that statement daniel. He did have a good performance for sure. Its just in reality someone acting like a loose cannon in the military would be repremanded. I just didn’t feel it was an acurate representation is all.