Paramount Pictures, director Christopher McQuarrie, and star Tom Cruise are in the process of getting Mission: Impossible 5 into production. According to the Schmoes Know they may have found their female lead as they're looking at casting Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) to star alongside Cruise in the movie. The site this news comes from seems to have a solid track record for scoops, but we are still going to treat it as a rumor for now.
They say, "a very trusted source of ours close to the production of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5 are saying that the filmmakers are looking to sign Jessica Chastain to star alongside Tom Cruise for an unspecified role (at the moment) but that it will indeed be a starring role. Our source goes on to say that the offer is out to Miss Chastain to become Tom Cruise’s right hand woman; whether that means as a love interest or a fellow agent, we don’t know the specifics yet."
Chastain is an amazingly talented actress, and I would love it if this news ended up being true. It would be fun to see her take on a role that thrusts her into the a big budget action-adventure film like this.