Paula Patton has signed onto the new “Mission: Impossible” movie as the female lead, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed.
According to a source close to the film 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 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 “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). SOURCE