Paula Patton Wins the Female Lead in Mission Impossible 4

Paula Patton (left) has played the damsel in distress in a number of big Hollywood movies already, including “Deja Vu” and “Mirrors”, and now she can add “Mission Impossible 4″ (or whatever it ends up being called) to her resume.

Deadline reports that the actress has won the female lead in the action-adventure franchise, beating out Lauren German and Kristen Kreuk for the gig. She’ll be playing a role described as “a young operative who works with Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character.” Hopefully she’ll last longer than Keri Russell, the last “young operative who works with Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character” from the third movie, who ended up being dispatched way early in the flick.

Patton joins Cruise and Jeremy Renner in the $150 Paramount film, which will be directed by Brad Bird and set for sometime in 2011. J.J. Abrams, who directed the third movie, returns to produce.

Part four, with its impending name change (the bright idea, apparently, is to dump the “Mission Impossible” completely from the title), will act as a “reboot” for the franchise. Kinda hard to “reboot” when the actor who did it for the last three films is still hanging around as the lead, but hey, whatever.

'Oh, great, so I get killed, and off you go with another young operative, huh, Ethan? Whatever, man.'