The Ladies Line Up for Cruise and Renner’s Mission Impossible 4

You know, that “Mission Impossible” movie that might not be called “Mission Impossible” at all? Or maybe it will be called “Mission Impossible”, and you can ignore that last sentence. Yeah, that one.

The latest news has three actresses scheduled to screen test for a major female role, which may or may not be the lead. According to the trades, the role is that of “a young female operative”, and the ladies looking to get a piece of the Cruise pie include Lauren German, Paula Patton, and “Smallville’s” Kristin Kreuk, last seen in the mystifyingly awful “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li”.

We know where Kreuk has been, but what about German and Patton?

German (top, left) has been in some genre stuff like “Hostel 2” and “Dark Country” with Thomas Jane, while Patton (below) would seem like the most blockbuster-ready, having been in “Deja Vu” with Denzel Washington and “Mirrors” with Kiefer Sutherland. She’s also absolutely drop-dead gorgeous, which always helps.

“Mission Impossible 4”, or whatever it ends up being called, will be directed by “The Incredibles'” Brad Bird, and will star Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, with Jeremy Renner recently cast as his partner. The movie is expected to revitalize the franchise.