Modesto native and Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner has signed on to complete a "Mission: Impossible" with Tom Cruise.
Paramount Pictures confirmed Wednesday that the "The Hurt Locker" actor would co-star in the fourth installment of the superspy franchise alongside Cruise. "Mission: Impossible 4" will be produced by "Lost" mastermind J.J. Abrams (who wrote and directed "M:I-3") and helmed by director Brad Bird, previously known for his family-friendly work with Pixar on "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille."
Renner's casting caps a busy summer of negotiations for the actor. In July at the Comic-Con convention, it was announced that the 39-year-old Beyer High graduate would be part of the much-anticipated, star-studded cast of "The Avengers." The Marvel Studios superheroes ensemble project brings together Robert Downey Jr.(Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor).
Renner will play Hawkeye, a master archer. Shooting under director Joss Whedon, of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame, is slated to begin in February, and the film will be released May 4, 2012.
"M:I-4" is expected to begin shooting in the fall with a planned December 2011 release date, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The former Modesto Junior College theater student can be seen next in "The Town," a film directed by and starring Ben Affleck about a team of Boston bank robbers. "Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm and Rebecca Hall co-star.
Renner will return to Modesto on Sept. 18 to introduce "The Town" at a benefit for the Gallo Center for the Arts. The event will be styled after Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio" and feature an interview, clips from Renner's films, and questions and answers with the audience.
For more on "An Evening With Jeremy Renner" visit www.galloarts.org or call 338-2100.
Bee staff writer Marijke Rowland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2284.