Swedish up-and-comer Rebecca Ferguson, who got a Golden Globe nom for her English-language debut in the title role of BBC’s The White Queen, has been set to play the female lead opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5 for Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions and Bad Robot. This comes after Deadline revealed that Alec Baldwin is in talks to play the head of the CIA in the film, which Chris McQuarrie will direct with shooting to begin in August. This was a coveted role.
Ferguson was raised in Sweden and became established in London. The actress, who next will be seen in the Brett Ratner-directed Hercules, is repped by Charlies Collier at Tavistock Wood and Actors in Scandinavia. I would imagine there might be a Hollywood agency or five courting her after they read this. Cruise, who’ll reprise his role as Ethan Hunt, is producing with J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, and David Ellison, Dana Goldberg & Don Granger exec producing the fifth installment of a franchise that has grossed north of $2 billion worldwide.
The last film, Ghost Protocol, was the largest-grossing film in Cruise’s long star career. He’s coming off Edge Of Tomorrow, the summer film that is building towards $400 million globally. I saw this movie over the vacation and found it so surprising that it reminded me a lot of Pacific Rim last summer. Both films had strong mythologies and were carefully crafted films that seemed to get discounted by their projected budgets. Pac Rim locked in a sequel with Guillermo del Toro directing, and based on how well Edge Of Tomorrow has hung in, I wouldn’t be surprised to see sequel talk start on that one. Considering how much audiences complain about Hollywood regurgitation of remakes and sequels, it is surprising that this film didn’t get more acclaim. It’s certainly original IP, which is a challenge to market, but certainly a satisfying summer movie experience with a strong plot to go with the obligatory attacking aliens.