Update: Paramount confirms the casting news below.

has, presumably, the final the word on Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible4 co-star (Brad Bird is still set to direct). His new co-star in the fourth entry in the Mission:Impossible franchise won't be Kevin Zegers, Christopher Egan, and Anthony Mackie, actors mentioned earlier this week in connection with the third sequel in the M:I franchise. Executives at Paramount Pictures have decided against a younger, lesser-known co-star who, if box office returns and Cruise's potential unavailability, warranted, could pick up the mantle for future entries in the M:I franchise. That actor? None other than Jeremy Renner.

Renner has been around for the better part of a decade, usually in supporting roles, but catapulted to leading man status (if not quite the A-list) with his Oscar-nominated turn in last year's Best Picture winner, The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow also won Best Director). Renner is set to co-star as Hawkeye (Marvel's purple-costumed archer to DC Comics' Green Arrow) in Joss Whedon's The Avengers (set for a May 4, 2012 release), but The Avengers doesn't start production until early next year.
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