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Alec Baldwin in Talks to Join MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5

Alec Baldwin is in negotiations with Paramount Pictures to join Tom Cruise in the Christopher McQuarrie-directed movie Mission: Impossible 5

There's still very little known about this sequel, but Variety says that Baldwin’s character "would be a high-ranking CIA officer who oversee [sic] Cruise’s division, similar to the role Lawrence Fishburne had in Mission: Impossible III."

The studio has been on the hunt for a female lead after Jessica Chastain passed on the role. According to the site, the studio is looking at newcomer Rebecca Ferguson to fill the part. Apparently she will play some kind of assassin. The actress is mostly know for her role of Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth Woodville) in The White Queen.

I've enjoyed watching this franchise over the years, and the last one, which was directed by Brad Bird, was so damn entertaining. Cruise and McQuarrie worked together on the awesome movie Jack Reacher, so I have a feeling this next installment of the franchise is going to be great.

The movie is scheduled to open in theaters on Christmas Day 2015.

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