Rebecca Ferguson Returning to 'Mission: Impossible'

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If you caught the latest installment in the Mission: Impossible film franchise this summer, then you know how mesmerizing lead actress Rebecca Ferguson was. A virtual unknown prior to this role, Ferguson not only held her own, but often stole scenes from Tom Cruise.

Her value to the production has clearly been noted by the studio, as reported by Collider:

It seems Paramount is looking to shake things up with Mission Impossible 6. Christopher McQuarrie recently confirmed he’ll return to direct the spy sequel, marking the first time in franchise history that a director will have a go at two installments. In another unconventional move, Tom Cruise announced the planned start of production for Mission Impossible 6 a week before Rogue Nation even arrived in theaters, and while that may be the norm for some studio sequels, Cruise has never rushed the Mission Impossible movies, allowing for 4-6 years between installments. Now, Showbiz 411 reports that Rebecca Ferguson is “signed, sealed and delivered for part 6″ to return as her scene-stealing character Isla Faust, the double (triple? quadruple?) crossing MI6 agent who finally made a worthy match for Ethan Hunt.

At this rate, Ferguson may become a natural candidate to take over the franchise. Jeremy Renner was clearly being groomed to replace Cruise in the previous Mission: Impossible film. Despite that, audiences did not respond to Renner as well as anticipated. They have, however, responded to Ferguson.

She lacks name recognition. But that could change over the next few years as Ferguson stacks up projects in the wake of Rogue Nation.