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Tom Cruise is returning to the big screen as IMF agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible IV, which leads us to wonder who might be considered to co-star alongside Cruise as the next villain of the franchise.
The Mission: Impossible movies have always had undeniably nefarious villains, each more evil than the last, who all stand between Ethan Hunt and his task to accomplish whatever mission he must carry out. With the news that Cruise is starring in the fourth Mission: Impossible (which he is executive producing himself and with Mission: Impossible III director J.J. Abrams), we decided to take a look at the past three villains who we love to hate:
Mission: Impossible: Jon Voight
Jon Voight came to prominence in the film Midnight Cowboy, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, and has starred in memorable roles in films such as Deliverance, Heat, Coming Home, and Ali. In the first Mission, Voight plays Jim Phelps, who leads the Impossible MIssions Force (IMF) team. When a mission goes terribly awry, killing everyone including Phelps, Hunt learns that it was set up to draw out a mole named “Job.” Hunt looks suspicious as the only surviving members, and escapes the city to form his own team of agents to seek out Job. Discovering Phelps is alive, Hunt realizes that Phelps is Job, and must race to uncover him as the real mole.
Mission: Impossible II: Dougray Scott
Scottish actor Dougray Scott has appeared in a variety of television shows and movies, including Ever After, The World is Not Enough, and Desperate Housewives. In the second film of the franchise, Hunt’s mission is to track down and stop Scott’s character Sean Ambrose from spreading a deadly virus known as Chimera, which he has stolen in order to make billions.
Mission: Impossible III: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman has garnered accolades for his supporting and lead roles in films like Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Cold Mountain, and Capote, for which he won an Academy Award. In the most recent movie, Hoffman plays arms dealer Owen Davien, who threatens to kill Hunt’s new wife if he does not retrieve and hand over the “Rabbit’s Foot” to Davien within 48 hours.
Much like when we wanted to know your opinion on who should star as the next Mission: Impossible leading lady and who should sit in the director’s chair, we’d like to know who YOU think would portray the greatest antagonist to Hunt in the next M:I installment.
Should you choose to accept this mission, which actor do you think has the chops to stand up to Cruise’s Hunt character? Tell us on Twitter, on our Facebook fan page, or here on the Official Tom Cruise Blog! Sound off in the comments below!
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