Just a few months ago Alec Baldwin suggested he was retiring from the public eye after facing criticism for once more yelling a gay slur at someone during an altercation. However he seems to have changed his mind, as Deadline reports he’s in talks for Mission: Impossible 5.
He’s not the only one, as Variety adds that Rebecca Ferguson is apparently to play the female lead, who is apparently some sort of assassin. Jessica Chastain was offered the role back in April, but she ultimately passed because she could not commit enough time to the extensive shoot, and so now Paramount is looking towards someone who’s a little less well known.
Baldwin meanwhile would be a high-ranking CIA officer who oversees the division lead by Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. The role has been compared to Laurence Fishburne’s Theodore Brassel in 2006’s Mission: Impossible III.
Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg are expected to reprise their roles from 2011’s Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) is directing from a script by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). The film is currently due for release on December 25th, 2015.