August 27th, 2010
09:49 AM ET
What does an Oscar nomination get you? How about a co-starring role opposite Tom Cruise? "The Hurt Locker" star Jeremy Renner has been tapped to join the "Top Gun" in the fourth "Mission: Impossible" movie, according to Deadline.com.
The casting of the 39-year-old actor comes as a bit of a surprise. Paramount studios had reportedly been seeking younger actors to join the "M:I" team to help breathe new life into the enterprise and eventually carry on the franchise for the 48-year-old Cruise.
Among the names considered: Chris Pine ("Star Trek"), Renner's "Hurt Locker" co-star Anthony Mackie and white-hot Brit Tom Hardy ("Inception").
But clearly, Renner is one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood.
Besides starring in Ben Affleck's crime drama "The Town" in September, the newly appointed A-lister will appear in Marvel's upcoming superhero ensemble "The Avengers" and is in talks to star in Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, "The Master."
From around the web
About this blog
Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.