13:30 19 September 2006
Brad Pitt is reportedly being lined up to replace Tom Cruise in 'Mission: Impossible IV'.
Tom was recently dropped by Paramount Studios because of his "unacceptable conduct" in public and the lacklustre box office takings from the third 'Mission: Impossible' film.
Now it appears bosses are set to draft in Brad to rescue the franchise.
One industry insider told Britain's London Lite newspaper: "'Mission: Impossible IV' will not include Tom's character, agent Ethan Hunt.
"They're considering a brief mention, saying Hunt retired to live a safe life with his new wife.
"They're set on Brad taking over as a gutsy new head operative who puts together his own unique team of specialists."
Studios bosses are allegedly considering offering Brad over £21 million to sign up for the fourth film, the single biggest fee ever paid to an actor.
Brad is no stranger to the genre having already had big screen success in a number of action movies, including 'Mrs and Mrs Smith' and 'Spy Game'.
Brad - who has two adopted children, Maddox, five, and 18-month-old Zahara, and one biological daughter, four-month-old Shiloh Nouvel, with partner Angelina Jolie - is currently filming the latest addition in another successful series, 'Ocean's Thirteen'.
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