Paula Patton joins Tom Cruise in the new 'Mission: Impossible' movie. Let's write her first scene!

paula-pattonImage Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty ImagesEW has confirmed that Paula Patton (Precious) has signed onto the new Mission: Impossible movie as the female lead. ( first reported the story.) According to a source close to the film — which stars Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner, is produced by Cruise and J.J. Abrams, and will be directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) — it will not be a “reboot” as has been reported, but it won’t be titled Mission: Impossible IV either. As for Patton, she’s reportedly playing an up-and-coming agent working with Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. But since the film’s plot will likely remain locked in a pressure-temperature-and-sound-sensitive vault until much closer to the movie’s expected Dec. 16, 2011 release, Patton’s character could be anything from Keri Russell’s character in the Abrams directed Mission: Impossible III (i.e. a platonic teammate), to Emmanuelle Béart’s role from 1996’s Mission: Impossible (i.e. a seductress and double agent). So let’s wildly speculate and write Patton’s first scene!


ETHAN HUNT, clad in a secret-agent-y black jumpsuit, with night goggles perched on his forehead and a sleek and lethal looking gun strapped to his back, races down a long, dank hallway, cluttered with industrial debris. He’s sweating. He’s stressed. It appears he’s been running at a breakneck speed for a half-hour. But he also seems notably YOUNGER than we remember, like maybe the first time we met him.

At the end of the hallway, he reaches what appears to be a giant, foreboding STEEL DOOR, but there are no hinges, no handle, no apparent way in at all. Hunt looks at it. Runs his hands around the edges. Nothing. He opens a pouch on his leg, and pulls out what looks like a PACK OF GUM. He grabs a strip, and opens the foil — one side of the gum is green, and the other red. This looks somehow familiar…

(with a hint of a smile)
Red light, green light.

He smashes the gum against the door, races behind a giant slab of rusted metal, just in time to escape the EXPLOSION. The door is toast. Ethan walks through the hole where the door once stood, squinting to see through a cloud of DUST.


Standing at the other end of a large, white room that looks like it was spotless just ten seconds earlier, is…ETHAN HUNT. In jeans and a casual oxford shirt. Looking more age-appropriate, like we remember him. And he’s not happy.


The second Ethan just scowls. Ethan No. 1 looks bemused. He lifts his hand up to his neck, pulls down, and removes his ETHAN HUNT MASK, to reveal: TEMPEST GREEN, who would normally be stunningly beautiful if she wasn’t sweating from running at breakneck speed for a half-hour.

How’d I do?

That “gum” is 15 years old. How did you know it would still work?

I didn’t.
Anything else?

LUTHER STICKLE walks up behind Ethan, barely stifling his laughter.

(studies her)
Who put you up to wearing that mask?
(pointing to Luther)
Did he?

In a fashion. He said you said I reminded you of yourself back in the day, so I just figured why not complete the picture?

Ethan finally cracks a smile.

(to Luther)
She’s in.


What do you think Patton’s first scene will be, PopWatchers? Try your hand at writing it in the comments!

Comments (12 total) Add your comment
  • Ryan O’Brien

    Actually, thats pretty darn good.

    • ST

      Agreed-I liked that! I’m now officially excited for the next MI movie!

  • Eric

    I like Paula Patton a lot. I thought she did a great job in Precious and I’ve been hoping that the role would help catapult her into greater stardom because I think she has a lot of potential in the future. I have to say that the cast for MI:4 is starting to really impress me: between Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Ving Rhames you talking about a lot of good talent.

  • Kiki

    I wonder whether Ethan Hunt is still going to be married to Julia (Michelle Monaghan) in this movie.

  • Captain Average

    I can’t come up with anything better than that. You should pitch it to JJ.

  • rj631

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m really looking forward to the next Mission Impossible movie! The last one was actually great

  • Shey

    Paula Patton is so beautiful.

  • Philip Coogan

    What does this mean for her role in “Law and Order SVU”? She was just cast as a regular on that show. Can she do both? When does this movie start shooting?

  • Elena

    Nobody cares about this franchise anymore. Unless Angelina Jolie is cast as a villain, wake me up when this is over…

  • Aitor

    This is not a reboot. It’s trademark stuff. Mission Impossible belongs to CBS. CBS and Paramount no partners now. If Paramount wants to use M:I trademarke it must to pay, BUT if name is changed…Paramount must not pay a dollar because It’s a new franchise…

  • alberto

    Looking forward to see this movie. I love Mission Impossible and I really like Tom Cruise as actor. He is great

  • sandy Basso

    I,too cannot wait for the movie. Tom Cruise is an exciting,fun, actor. His good looks help! Waiting and watching for more info; players, location, opening!

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