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Mission: Impossible 3 Takes June 29 Spot

Paramount Pictures has moved the Tom Cruise sequel Mission: Impossible 3 back seven weeks, to June 29. The film was previously scheduled to open on May 6.

With Sony’s Spider-Man 2 grossing $40.5 million on its opening Wednesday, and heading for a six-day total in the $150 million-plus range (which would set a record), the 4th of July holiday weekend is looking a lot better to the studio, says Variety.

The shift sets up a confrontation between Paramount’s spy franchise and 20th Century Fox’s comic book actioner Fantastic Four over next year’s Fourth of July weekend. “M:I-3” will open on a Wednesday, while Fantastic Four is set to debut two days later.

“M:I-3” is expected to opent day and date worldwide. Filming will begin next month.

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‘Impossible’ assignment for Branagh

Kenneth Branagh

By Liza Foreman
Kenneth Branagh is joining Tom Cruise and Carrie-Anne Moss in “Mission: Impossible 3” for C/W Prods. and Paramount Pictures.

Branagh, who recently appeared in a London production of David Mamet’s play “Edmund” and the feature film “Five Children and It,” has signed on for the spy action-adventure. Although there is an expectation that he will be unmasked as one of the villains, few details were available on the character Branagh will play.

Further casting is under way on the sequel, which is due to go into production in late summer. Although there has been speculation that Philip Seymour Hoffman would be joining the cast, that possibility has apparently ended because of a scheduling conflict.

Frank Darabont is penning the script for the third installment of the blockbuster, which Joe Carnahan will direct.

In the feature, Cruise will reprise his role as agent Ethan Hunt.

Branagh’s other recent credits include “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Conspiracy” and “Rabbit-Proof Fence.”

He is repped by Judy Hofflund of managers Hofflund/Polone.


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