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Alec Baldwin Cast in ‘Mission: Impossible 5’

Amagansett’s Alec Baldwin will appear in the upcoming Mission: Impossible sequel alongside series star Tom Cruise.

According to Variety, Baldwin will play “a high-ranking CIA officer” who oversees Ethan Hunt’s (played by Cruise) IMF division, just like Laurence Fishburne‘s character in Mission: Impossible III.

Principal photography on the movie began on August 21 in Vienna, Austria and then moved to Rabat, Morocco. They’ve gone on to shoot in London (starting September 28) and then Monaco, and back to England for scenes in the village of Southampton Water. The movie is filming now with director Christopher McQuarrie, who also directed Cruise in 2012’s Jack Reacher, and writer Drew Pearce, who also penned Iron Man 3. Cruise and Skydance’s David Ellison and J.J. Abrams are producing the film.

This is Baldwin’s first turn at the Mission: Impossible franchise. Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames return. The film’s female lead, to star opposite Cruise, will be Rebecca Ferguson, who is most recognizable from her role as Queen Elizabeth (Woodville) in Starz’s historical drama The White Queen.

Baldwin’s recent film credits include Still Alice, Torrente 5 and Blue Jasmine. According to IMDB, the actor is also slated to appear in a host of films next year, including Boss Baby, an untitled NFL “concussion drama,” an untitled Cameron Crowe project, an untitled Warren Beatty project and director/writer Francesco Cinquemani‘s dystopian sci-fi action film Andròn – The Black Labyrinth with Michelle Ryan and Danny Glover.

Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible 5, which may get a catchy subtitle like 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is slated for a December 25, 2015, release.

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