Tom Cruise isn’t the only man who has been in all “Mission: Impossible” movies. Ving Rhames, as computer hacker Luther Stickell, has been right there alongside him in all three films. Now with the fourth one currently in production, it was expected that Rhames would be reprising his hacker role along with Simon Pegg from part three, joining newcomers Jeremy Renner, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, and Paula Patton for director Brad Bird. Not so fast, kiddies.
Rhames, while out promoting his upcoming “Death Race 2″, tells Movieweb in regards to “Ghost Protocol”:
I may be doing something very small in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol but I will just say that the budget changed dramatically and I’ll leave it at that.
When asked if this means he won’t be appearing in the sequel, he added:
Hmm… Cha-ching could create that but it’s up to them.
This is certainly news, but probably not as big a news as Rhames would like to think. I’m sorry, but Luther Stickell may have been in all previous “Mission: Impossible” movies, but let’s face it, most people don’t know that, not with the amount of supporting cast that’s come and gone over the years.
Right now, the studio’s focus seems to be passing the torch from Cruise to Renner, and I’m sure Rhames really doesn’t figure too much into those plans. Of course, I could be wrong.