Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth Tom Cruise super spy film and first sequel to drop the number from its title, is currently shooting for its late 2011 release.

The new images feature franchise star Tom Cruise, 48 years young but still in great action hero shape, as well as co-stars Simon Pegg and Paula Patton in cold Vancouver outdoor weather after moving production over to Canada from Dubai.

Ghost Protocol is touted as being the potential start to a new direction (and lead star) for the franchise, with newfound Hollywood A-lister Jeremy Renner joining the cast of M:I4 with the objective of the studio to have him take over the series from Cruise. Along with the powerful addition of Renner, fan-favorite Lost star Josh Holloway and Just Wright’s Paula Patton join the cast which also includes Mission: Impossible familiars Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames.

 

Simon Pegg’s vehicle is part of one of the operations that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his elite team go on. Sutton and Cruise are in the back of the van for this particular scene.

Back in October, we also had our first look at Jeremy Renner and Josh Holloway on set when they were shooting in Prague, one of the many international locations the production is taking place. We can only hope that the international flavor and worldwide scope of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol are being utilized for a mind-bending, intelligent thriller similar to the style of the first film with a good balance of action.

J.J. Abrams’ M:I:III was a step in the right direction after the weak second installment and expectations are high for Ghost Protocol to raise the bar if it hopes to spawn a worthy second trilogy of movies. Will Ethan Hunt live through this mission to make room for Renner’s character or will a cliffhanger ending see Cruise in a smaller role for future sequels?

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol hits theaters December 16, 2011.

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