Mission: Impossible III
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|Writer:|| Alex Kurtzman|
|Starring:|| Tom Cruise|
|Release Date:||2006 (USA)|
Mission: Impossible III (abbreviated M:I:III) is the upcoming third film based on the television series Mission: Impossible. Tom Cruise reprises his role of Ethan Hunt, and stars along with Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Michelle Monaghan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Keri Russell . The film is currently in production under the direction of Alias creator J.J. Abrams. According to the film's distributor Paramount Pictures, M:I-III is scheduled to be released summer 2006, though it was originally set to be released in May of 2004. Filming began in Rome, Italy in July of 2005. MI3 has been kept under extremely tight wraps, and very little is known of its plots or new featured characters.
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers has his own stunt double and is therefore the most likely to take the Sean-Ambrose-esque main villain part. Tom Cruise has his own fight trainer, so expect another epic slugfest. The first publicity shot shows Cruise and new love interest Keri Russell in the middle of a shootout, suggesting more of the same action scenes that characterized the first sequel. The film's Second Unit Director is the award-winning veteran Vic Armstrong.
Director David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en) was slated to direct M:I-III but dropped out in favor of another film.  Fincher was then replaced by Narc director Joe Carnahan, but he quit in a dispute over the film's tone.
Originally set for release in 2005, the delay in shooting caused early cast members Carrie-Anne Moss and Kenneth Branagh to pull out. Scarlett Johansson and Lindsay Lohan were also suggested as Cruise's co-star. Ricky Gervais - who had acted in an episode of J.J. Abrams' television series Alias - was cast in a supporting role, but pulled out when the part expanded. British actor and screenwriter Simon Pegg has now been cast to play Ethan Hunt's sidekick.
Cruise allegedly made a mock trailer of the stunts he wanted to perform in the movie for a group of his friends.
- ^ Michael Fleming, Dave McNary. “Abrams fave joins Par's 'Mission'”, Variety, June 15, 2005.
- ^ Sarah Hall. “Scarlett Aborts "Mission"”, E!, May 9, 2005.