Pitt to replace Cruise in Mission Impossible IV?
Rumour has it, and we all know how inaccurate rumours can be, that Brad Pitt is in line to replace Tom Cruise in the next Mission Impossible film M:I:IV or Mission: Impossible IV, whichever you prefer. It follows the poor profits of Mission: Impossible III (review), which I actually think was an excellent film, and Cruise's departure from Paramount.
A story from This is London through Rope of Silicon suggests that Pitt is being approached to be the next lead in the Mission Impossible series, although Ethan Hunt will be a character who has retired from the business, Pitt will join as the new team leader for the ultra secret agency.
"MI:IV will not include Cruise's character, agent Ethan Hunt. They're considering a brief mention, saying Hunt retired to live 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."
Allegedly they're offering a huge salary to take him on board, GB£21 million which converts to around US$37 million! That would technically make him the highest paid actor in history...unless someone else gets there first. If even this part is true, I can't see Pitt turning down that offer, unless it tied him to the series for too long.
I'm not so sure though, would Pitt suit this role? Would you want to see Pitt in the series, or should it still be Cruise? Me, I'm a fan of Cruise the actor no matter what people think. He's a great star, strong actor, and his role in the M:I films is a great one. With anyone else it'll be a different franchise, not M:I.