class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-39698″ title=”jeremy renner” src=”” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”150″ />Brad Bird jumping behind the camera for Mission: Impossible 4 was enough to get me interested in the fourth installment of the series. Paramount have made no bones about the fact that are looking for some new blood to be injected into the franchise, possibly to replace Tom Cruise as the lead, and there’s a new name being talked about today.

Deadline report that Jeremy Renner is signed on to star with Tom Cruise, possessing what they call a ‘Daniel Craig’ quality and this is just what the studio were looking for in their new co-star. Personally it’s the man’s ‘Jeremy Renner’ quality which makes this interesting.

Renner’s career choices are of great interest following his Oscar nominated breakout performance in Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, with his role as Hawkeye in Joss Whedon’s Avengers movie confirmed recently in San Diego and a forthcoming appearance in Ben Affleck’s The Town which opens in the States next month.

If the news is true and Renner is to saddle up alongside Tom Cruise in Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible then the news that Renner is also circling P.T. Anderson’s The Master adds a little spice into the mix. I’m sure like most people Cruise keeps his religion and his professional life separate (sofa jumping on national TV aside) but with a  theological, as well as a scheduling, conflict possible it may mean that Renner is faced with a choice to make – big budget franchise or working on Anderson’s follow up to the epic There Will Be Blood with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who faced off against Tom Cruise in the last Mission: Impossible movie.