|Laurence Fishburne news|
June 20, 2005
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Mission: Impossible 3" is getting closer to accomplishing
its mission, signing Laurence Fishburne and Philip Seymour Hoffman
to the Paramount Pictures project.
They join Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Jonathan
Rhys Meyers and Keri Russell in the sequel, which is being produced
by Cruise and his production partner Paula Wagner through their
C/W Prods. banner. Fishburne will play Cruise's mentor; Hoffman
will play the villain. J.J. Abrams is set to direct.
Rhames and Cruise are the only holdovers from the original cast
assembled to shoot "M:I-3" when it was scheduled to
film last year. That cast also included Carrie-Anne Moss, Kenneth
Branagh and Scarlett Johansson.
The film was put on hold in the summer after director Joe Carnahan
opted out over creative differences close to the original production
date. Abrams quickly emerged as the frontrunner but was unavailable
to shoot last year as he was committed to direct the ABC series "Lost." Cruise
filled the gap, filming "War of the Worlds." "M:I-3" is
set to start lensing July 18 in Italy and will shoot on location
throughout the world.