Chris Egan, Kevin Zegers and Anthony Mackie are apparently being pursued for roles in the Brad Bird-directed “Mission: Impossible 4” for Paramount Pictures reports The Wrap.
It’s unclear whether the actors are in competition with one another or whether there are several parts to be cast. Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg are already set to work on the project
Egan is 26-year-old Australian actor who first scored fame as a young blond hunk on the soap “Home and Away”, the beach-set drama which helped launch the careers of the likes of Simon Baker, Heath Ledger, Isla Fisher, Melissa George, Naomi Watts and Chris Hemsworth.
Moving to the U.S., he scored minor roles in “Resident Evil: Afterlife”, “Eragon” and the mini-series “Empire” before landing the lead role in NBC”s acclaimed but short-lived U.S. monarchy series “Kings”. He most recently played the male lead in “Letters to Juliet”.
Zegers first rose to fame as a child actor in the “Air Bud” movies before scoring roles in features like “Dawn of the Dead,” “Zoom,” “Transamerica,” “Frozen,” “The Jane Austen Book Club,” “Wrong Turn” and TV shows like “Gossip Girl” and “Titans”. Despite being only 25, Zegers has a whopping 59 film and TV credits to his name.
The 30-year-old Mackie first popped up in 2002’s “8 MIle” and has a steady stream of strong film credits to his name ever since including “The Manchurian Candidate,” “She Hate Me,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Half Nelson,” “We Are Marshall,” “Freedomland,” “Eagle Eye,” “Notorious” and last year’s Oscar winner “The Hurt Locker”. Mackie also stars in the upcoming “Night Catches Us,” “The Adjustment Bureau” and “Real Steel”.
Paramount has officially denied the report that the trio are in contention.