Michael Nyqvist (the Swedish version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is rumored to be in talks to play the villain in Brad Bird’s upcoming untitled Mission: Impossible reboot. According to What’s Playing, the character is “very charming, but calculating bad guy. Not your typical spy-film villain.” Whoever gets the gig will have a tough act to follow since Philip Seymour Hoffman did an outstanding job as the villain in Mission: Impossible III.
Tom Cruise is returning as IMF agent Ethan Hunt and will be teaming with newcomer Jeremy Renner who’s character may get the reins to the franchise after this new mission. Other new faces include Paula Patton (Precious) and Vladimir Mashkov (Behind Enemy Lines). Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg are reprising their roles as Luther Stickell and Benji Dunn, respectively. What’s Playing adds that the production is looking for another name star to play Hunt’s boss, following in the footsteps of Jon Voight, Anthony Hopkins, and Lawrence Fishburne. Shooting begins in Decemeber with the film targeted for a December 16, 2011 release date.