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Tom Cruise recruits Alec Baldwin, 'White Queen's' Rebecca Ferguson for 'Mission: Impossible 5'

By Jeff Sneider

Alec Baldwin is in talks to join Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible 5," while "The White Queen" star Rebecca Ferguson is the choice for the film's female lead, an individual familiar with the Paramount project has told TheWrap.

Paramount did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Ferguson is poised to land the same role that Jessica Chastain was once rumored for. Cruise has always had eclectic taste in his leading ladies, and Ferguson represents a fresh face who could add some mystery to the action-packed spy franchise.

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Ferguson has been tipped to play a deadly femme fatale, while Baldwin is making a deal to play the head of the CIA.

Christopher McQuarrie is directing from a script by Drew Pearce, and Cruise is producing with J.J. Abrams and Skydance's David Ellison. Production will start this fall and wrap up in early 2015.

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Having left behind his Emmy-winning role on "30 Rock," Baldwin has had more time to devote to his movie career. He is in talks to join Will Smith in Peter Landesman's Sony drama about football concussions, and he'll soon be seen in Cameron Crowe's untitled movie starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone. He's repped by CAA.

Ferguson, who will soon be seen in "Hercules," is likely to spark a feeding frenzy amongst U.S. talent agencies, as she has no American representation yet. She's currently repped by Actors in Scandinavia and Tavistock Management.

Ferguson's casting was first reported by Variety, while Deadline broke the news of Baldwin's casting.

Jul 10, 2014 1:03PM
Sure glad you reported that Baldwin is in it. This will keep me from throwing away $16 by going to see it.
Jul 10, 2014 1:34PM

OK, now that I know that talentless blowhard baldwin is in it, I won't waste the gas to go across the street to see it, literally.

baldwin is a burnout, big mouth, had his 15 minutes of fame, sold his soul to the libmarxists' bowel movement.

Am a big fan of the franchise, but am concerned they're just milking it at this point...Will it become an Impossible Missions Farce???
Jul 11, 2014 4:34AM
Can't think of two bigger bufoons. Two huge trapped in a little boy's body and the other trapped in a jackass carcass.
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