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'Mission: Impossible IV': Brad Bird firms up international cast

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The plot details for Mission: Impossible IV remain under wraps, yet director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) is adding an intriguing international cast to the high-profile actioner starring Tom Cruise. Paramount confirms that French actress Lea Seydoux will play a villain. The actress, last seen in Robin Hood, was in the running for the starring role in The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo — an opportunity that must have raised her profile in Hollywood. And Anil Kapoor, the game show host in 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire, is set to play a supporting role that’s been kept hush-hush. Rumors that he would also play a baddie along with original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Michael Nyqvist are not true.

Production on Impossible is set to begin shortly. The studio has set next December for its release date.