Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Mission Accomplished: Rebecca Ferguson First Tom Cruise Leading Lady Doing a Second “M:I”


Confirmed: Rebecca Ferguson is about to make movie history. She’s the first actress to return as Tom Cruise’s leading lady in the “Mission Impossible” series. I am told that Ferguson is signed, sealed and delivered for part 6, to be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who is also returning from part 5, “Rogue Nation.”

The Stockholm born Ferguson made a huge impression as Ilsa in “Rogue Nation,” more than her predecessors like Paula Patton, Thandie Newton, or Michelle Monaghan. None of them made to another installment of the franchise, and their characters were never mentioned again.

But as Ilsa, Ferguson came across as a modern day Lauren Bacall crossed with Ingrid Bergman. When she returns to “MI,” Ferguson will have had a bunch of new releases including the hotly anticipated “Girl on the Train,” as well as “Florence Foster Jenkins” with Meryl Streep, and “The Snowman” with Michael Fassbender.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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