Image Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty ImagesEW has confirmed that Paula Patton (Precious) has signed onto the new Mission: Impossible movie as the female lead. (Deadline.com first reported the story.) According to a source close to the film — which stars Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner, is produced by Cruise and J.J. Abrams, and will be directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) — 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 pressure-temperature-and-sound-sensitive 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 the Abrams directed 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). So let’s wildly speculate and write Patton’s first scene!
INT. NONDESCRIPT CONCRETE BUNKER – NIGHT
ETHAN HUNT, clad in a secret-agent-y black jumpsuit, with night goggles perched on his forehead and a sleek and lethal looking gun strapped to his back, races down a long, dank hallway, cluttered with industrial debris. He’s sweating. He’s stressed. It appears he’s been running at a breakneck speed for a half-hour. But he also seems notably YOUNGER than we remember, like maybe the first time we met him.
At the end of the hallway, he reaches what appears to be a giant, foreboding STEEL DOOR, but there are no hinges, no handle, no apparent way in at all. Hunt looks at it. Runs his hands around the edges. Nothing. He opens a pouch on his leg, and pulls out what looks like a PACK OF GUM. He grabs a strip, and opens the foil — one side of the gum is green, and the other red. This looks somehow familiar…
(with a hint of a smile)
Red light, green light.
He smashes the gum against the door, races behind a giant slab of rusted metal, just in time to escape the EXPLOSION. The door is toast. Ethan walks through the hole where the door once stood, squinting to see through a cloud of DUST.
INT. NONDESCRIPT EMPTY ROOM
Standing at the other end of a large, white room that looks like it was spotless just ten seconds earlier, is…ETHAN HUNT. In jeans and a casual oxford shirt. Looking more age-appropriate, like we remember him. And he’s not happy.
ETHAN NO. 1
The second Ethan just scowls. Ethan No. 1 looks bemused. He lifts his hand up to his neck, pulls down, and removes his ETHAN HUNT MASK, to reveal: TEMPEST GREEN, who would normally be stunningly beautiful if she wasn’t sweating from running at breakneck speed for a half-hour.
How’d I do?
That “gum” is 15 years old. How did you know it would still work?
LUTHER STICKLE walks up behind Ethan, barely stifling his laughter.
Who put you up to wearing that mask?
(pointing to Luther)
In a fashion. He said you said I reminded you of yourself back in the day, so I just figured why not complete the picture?
Ethan finally cracks a smile.
END OF SCENE
What do you think Patton’s first scene will be, PopWatchers? Try your hand at writing it in the comments!