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Jeremy Renner to replace Tom Cruise in 'Mission: Impossible' films?

'The Hurt Locker' star appears in new franchise film with Cruise

Jeremy Renner to replace Tom Cruise in 'Mission: Impossible' films?

Jeremy Renner could be taking over the Mission: Impossible franchise from current leading man Tom Cruise. The actor is currently shooting the fourth Mission: Impossible outing – Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – playing new character Brandt, a member of IMF operative Ethan Hunt's team, with that character once again played by Cruise.

Renner told MTV News: "It's a franchise to potentially take over. I can't predict the future and what they want, but that's certainly the idea."

Rumours are rife that the Ethan Hunt character will be killed off in the new film, with Renner's role growing to that of the lead in future movies. But for the time being, the newcomer said that Cruise had been inspiring him to work harder in the action scenes.

“I haven't gotten to work too much in terms of acting stuff, but the stunts have been insane… Tom has been doing loads," he said. "He's crazy, that guy. It's unbelievable. He's fearless. He's great to watch. He inspires me to want to be better."

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol opens in December 2011.

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