Patton wins the Impossible role
Paula Patton has landed the coveted female lead in the fourth Mission Impossible film.
The US star, who won accolades for her role in Precious, was screen tested for the role of Tom Cruises's sidekick alongside actresses Kristin Kreuk and Lauren German, reported Deadline.
She'll play an up-and-coming agent who gets to work alongside Ethan Hunt (Tom) in the next instalment of the hit action franchise.
Paula - who is married to R&B crooner Robin Thicke - will join The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner, whose role in the film was recently announced.
Ethan Hunt's fourth outing will not be called Mission: Impossible 4 but will, according to Tom and writer JJ Abrams, be a franchise reboot. Production will kick off in the autumn, with a release date expected in December 2011.