Ving Rhames Joins Mission: Impossible 4 While Tom Cruise Takes a Pay Cut
08.10.10 by Ryan
It was only a matter of time before Ving Rhames announced that he would return as tech-savvy agent Luther Stickell in Mission: Impossible 4. Rhames, who has been associated with the franchise since the 1996 original, went on Lopez Tonight and confirmed that he was "about to do Mission: Impossible 4."
Rhames will join the returning Simon Pegg, and, of course, franchise star Tom Cruise as agent Ethan Hunt. This time around, however, Cruise is getting a bit of a pay cut.
New York Magazine's Vulture blog reports that Cruise will receive "a substantially reduced upfront payment" compared to the previous Mission: Impossible movies, but might "get a nice back-end" after Paramount recoups its $135 million budget and promotional expenses. So, if MI:4 is a hit, Cruise will still be ridiculously well paid? Oh, phew.
Incredibles director Brad Bird is making his live-action directing debut with MI:4, with Mission: Impossible III director J.J. Abrams producing. Screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec have reportedly fashioned a story that will see Cruise mentor a younger agent.