Mission: Impossible Is Running Out Of Tom Cruise Replacement

For more than a decade, producers of Mission: Impossible films have tried to find a new actor to replace Tom Cruise when he retires from the franchise, but they have run out of alternatives.

Cruise has anchored the Mission: Impossible series as roguish IMF agent Ethan Hunt since the first film in 1996. 

But it's only a matter of time before Cruise leaves the series to pursue other ventures, and his potential replacements are becoming increasingly scarce.

The two-part Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning, which debuted earlier this year (the seventh film in the series overall), was originally intended as a send-off for Hunt, allowing Cruise to leave the franchise.

 This plot does not appear to be Hunt's final adventure, but Cruise will want to stop filming Mission: Impossible films sooner or later. 

When that occurs, the producers will require a new main actor, and they will quickly run out of possibilities.

Since Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol in 2011, producers have been attempting to find a suitable replacement for Cruise.

In the film, Jeremy Renner portrayed an intelligence specialist named William Brandt. Brandt was definitely planned to replace Hunt in a future film, but after appearing briefly in the 2015 sequel, Rogue Nation, Renner appears to have dropped out of the franchise with no plans to return.

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