Young Actors Being Tested For ‘Mission: Impossible IV’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 11th, 2013 at 12:40 pm,

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Tom Cruise will not be saving the world alone this time around – Paramount Pictures has begun the search for a younger actor to join the aging blockbuster star in his next adventure, Mission: Impossible IV.

This summer’s Tom Cruise action vehicle, Knight and Day, did only moderate business at the box office, which may have contributed to the decision to seek out a costar for Cruise in his fourth outing as agent Ethan Hunt – whether or not that was the plan to begin with is kind of irrelevant at this point.

Mission: Impossible 4 will see Cruise reunited with his franchise costar Ving Rhames, as well as the comic relief in M:I 3, Simon Pegg.  No word yet on whether Michelle Monaghan will reprise her role as Hunt’s wife from the third Mission, though Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace is rumored to be in talks to join the cast.

Deadline is reporting that three actors will test alongside Cruise this week -  Christopher Egan (Resident Evil: Extinction); Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker); and Kevin Zegers (Dawn of the Dead).  Readers should expect to hear about numerous other candidates being considered over the next few weeks as well.

Mission: Impossible 3 was the least financially successful entry in the TV show-turned-blockbuster movie series, despite having earned a significantly better critical reception than director John Woo’s second entry.  While audiences may not always agree with critics (and vice versa), it is also possible that Cruise’s appeal as an action star was already fading back in 2007.

Will the addition of a young man just coming into his own as Hollywood leading material ensure that the fourth Mission attracts more moviegoers than its predecessor?  It is difficult to say at this point – especially since the title Mission: Impossible is still synonymous with Tom Cruise for a lot of people.

Mission: Impossible IV is currently scheduled for release in the U.S. on December 16th, 2011.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Oh man, why does Hollywood insist on this? Wht can’t we have actors who are adults in movies? Why is everything marketed towards the younger 20s crowd? I can’t wait until this trend is over.

    • Shane, I hear you man. Chris Evans as Captain America???? A joke.

    • Because that’s the crowd that accounts for most of a movie’s money, especially a action film. It’ll never end.

  2. After read this article I went to check how much Day and knight made so far. More than 222 million USD and still out in many places. Furthermore the movie did not even go out yet in places like Japan, Italy and others. If this is “only moderate buisness”, then I don’t know what you are looking for. Most likely this movie will go up to 300 millions plus all the DVD sales. If this is just “moderate”, then….

    • It is considered a moderate success because the Production Budget for the film was $117 million. The film has grossed $222 million worldwide, but the production budget doesn’t include what the studio spent on advertising. This was a slated as a “Summer Blockbuster”, so the studio spent a lot pushing the movie (and horrible title) in the media.

      Movie studios expect large returns when spending more than $100 million on a film. Breaking even or making a small profit is unacceptable to them and will be deemed a failure.

  3. Out of the actors listed, Anthony Mackie would be the best pick. He can actually act and would bring a good dynamic to the Mission Impossible franchise.

    As long as the character isn’t another “yes man”, this could be a good idea. The Hunt character needs another spy to challenge his methods and authority, but gets the job done in the same spectacular fashion. This would up the excitement in the film’s already good spy dynamic.

    • Yeah, Mackie can act ok. Besides, the other two just looks like real douchebags. I mean, look at them. They’re just asking to be punched in the face.