Brad Pitt has been lined up to replace Tom Cruise in the next ‘Mission Impossible’ film. While Brad’s paychecks are nothing to scoff at, this is a move that will make him the highest-paid actor in Hollywood history.
As you know, Paramount Pictures, the company behind the franchise, recently ended their 14-year partnership with Tom (amid some couch-jumping and baby-hiding) and is planning to install Brad in the lead role.
A source tells UK publication London Life: “MI:IV will not include Cruise’s character, agent Ethan Hunt. They’re considering a brief mention, saying Hunt retired to live a safe life with his new wife. They’re set on Brad taking over as a gutsy new head operative who puts together his own unique team of specialists.”
Sources cite Cruise’s bizarre antics - such as the infamous “sofa dance” on the Oprah Winfrey chat show - and his links to the Church Of Scientology as factors in why he and the studio parted company.
They say that with Cruise now off the lot, Pitt - whose production company Plan B is based at Paramount - is clearly the biggest star with a deal at the studio.
Plan B recently won a heated bidding war against Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company for Max Brooks’ upcoming horror novel, World War Z. “Brad is showing the studio what he’s made of,” added the source. “Everyone is very impressed.
“Everything’s being kept top secret, but they’re offering Brad a deal no one could possibly refuse. There’s no doubt, this would make Brad Pitt the biggest and highest paid star in the world.”