Jeremy Renner Joining Fourth “Mission”

Paramount Pictures has ditched plans to screen test several young actors and instead have chosen 39-year old “The Hurt Locker” Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner to star alongside Tom Cruise in a fourth installment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise reports Deadline.

The studio had been looking for a star that could carry the series on his own should Cruise bow out of a fifth installment (though he’s expected to return for it as well). Tom Hardy and Chris Pine were sought but booked.

Kevin Zegers, Christopher Egan and Anthony Mackie emerged as candidates this week for the gig though Mackie pulled out of the running. Tests with the other two have now been cancelled.

Brad Bird is directing from a script by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, while Cruise and JJ Abrams will produce. Shooting kicks off this Fall in the U.S., Vancouver, Prague and Dubai.