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21 September 2006 :: 15:09:14 pm 32360

Brad Pitt stepping into Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible” probable?

Brad Pitt may be lined up to replace Tom Cruise in the next Mission Impossible film, it could be Tom Cruise‘s loss may be Brad Pitt‘s gain when it comes to the fourth Mission: Impossible movie.
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According to a report, after ending their 14-year relationship with Tom, Paramount has now chosen Brad to play the lead in the next “Mission: Impossible” sequel. But is it a “Mission” probable?

Tom Cruise was recently dumped by Paramount Pictures, the company behind the Mission Impossible movies, due to his “unacceptable conduct” in public and the less than impressive box office takings for Mission Impossible: III.

Sources claim Brad wouldn’t be playing Tom’s character of Ethan Hunt, but would rather play a new operative. As for Ethan? They’re reportedly considering retiring the agent to “a safe life with his new wife.”

“They’re set on Brad taking over as a gutsy new head operative who puts together his own unique team of specialists,” one source was quoted as saying.

According to the report, Paramount is even willing to make Pitt the highest-paid movie star in history, with a salary topping $52million.

Brad is certainly no stranger to the action genre. “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” grossed almost $400 worldwide, which is comparable to “M:I:III’s” numbers, yet without the already built in franchise.

“If Paramount was serious about continuing the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise without Tom Cruise in the lead role, Brad Pitt is obviously well suited to fill his very big shoes,” Access Hollywood movie guru Scott Mantz said. “He’s sexy, he’s fit, he’s an A-list star in his own right, and after playing a similar role in last year’s blockbuster ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith,’ he’s certainly got the action chops.”

Other industry experts agree that Brad has got what it takes to step into the role. But would the fans embrace the change?

Sources claimed Paramount was prepared to do whatever it takes to get Brad on board, even suggesting they were willing to pay him $39 million, which would make him the highest-paid movie star in history.

So far, there has been no confirmation or denial from Tom’s camp over the reports. But Paramount told Access Hollywood the report was “complete fabrication” and Brad’s publicist said the rumors were “not true.”

But no matter who stars in the next “Mission: Impossible” film, Tom will still get a producer credit and salary because he developed the franchise

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : World News

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