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Mission: Impossible 3 - Abrams set to commence shooting in August

Story by: Jack Foley

AFTER months of inactivity due to departing directors and different filming commitments, Mission Impossible 3 is back on track for an all-action release next summer.

The keenly-anticipated blockbuster was to have been directed by Narc helmer, Joe Carnahan, with a cast including Carrie Anne-Moss, Scarlett Johansson, Kenneth Branagh, but is now due on the starting blocks with an all-new line-up.

Tom Cruise, of course, reprises his role as agent Ethan Hunt, as does Ving Rhames as his loyal colleague, but Alias director, JJ Abrams, will be orchestrating the on-screen mayhem, while someone new is added to the cast on an almost weekly basis.

The latest recruit is Keri Russell, a relative unknown, who is set to make a big impression in psychological chiller, Butterfly, A Grimm Love Story, which finds her as a graduate student in Germany who, while writing a thesis on an incarcerated cannibal, begins to develop a taste for his lifestyle.

She is to play the trainee agent that was originally earmarked for Johansson.

Joining her in the new-look cast are Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

And for anyone wondering who the heck Monaghan is, she's beginning to make a strong impression thanks to strong support roles in The Bourne Supremacy, Mr and Mrs Smith and the upcoming Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang (which played well at Cannes).

Filming on Mission Impossible 3 is due to begin in August, with a release date already pencilled in for May 5, 2006.

Locations include Italy, the rest of Europe, America and Asia - although in true Mission Impossible style, details of the plot are being kept secret.


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