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. (Deadline.com 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!

INT. NONDESCRIPT CONCRETE BUNKER – NIGHT

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…

ETHAN
(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.

INT. NONDESCRIPT EMPTY ROOM

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.

ETHAN NO. 1
So?

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.

TEMPEST
How’d I do?

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

TEMPEST
I didn’t.
(beat)
Anything else?

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

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

TEMPEST
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.

ETHAN
(to Luther)
She’s in.

END OF SCENE

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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