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Kerry's cruising with the stars as she lands role in Tom's blockbuster

actress Kerry Condon is set to become a household name after being lined up to star alongside Tom Cruise in the latest Mission Impossible blockbuster.

Condon (26) got her break in the BBC series Rome when she was spotted by acclaimed producer JJ Abrams. She is now being tipped to star in the hugely successful movie franchise under his direction.

The Tipperary native was handpicked by Abrams to star in his medical drama series Anatomy Of Hope. The Hollywood heavyweight was obviously impressed with her acting skills as it is believed that she will be joining an all-star cast in the upcoming film.

Since news of the fourth instalment of the series was announced this month, details of cast and plot have been kept quiet, but A-list actor Tom Cruise has confirmed his involvement and will once again be playing the role of Ethan Hunt.

While Abrams directed the last Mission Impossible flick, he has revealed that he will only stay on as producer this time. Joining him behind the scenes are a number of Hollywood powerhouses including Cruise, who is also acting as co-producer, and War Of The Worlds producer Paula Wagner.

Rumours of a fourth instalment have been circulating since the third film was released, which earned more than $134m (€98m) in the US alone.

And the Mission Impossible franchise is no stranger to Irish talent as legendary actor Brendan Gleeson nabbed a role in the 2000 sequel.

Previous films have featured a star-studded cast and offered breakout roles for BAFTA award-winning actress Thandie Newton and Michelle Monaghan.

Abrams is no stranger to offering unknown actors their claim to fame -- he famously cast little-known names to star in the hit series Lost, as well as in last year's Star Trek film.

The film has been given a May 2011 release date and is expected to be the final instalment of the hit Mission Impossible series.

Condon got her big break in Ballykissangel and then went on to play parts in Angela's Ashes, Ned Kelly and perhaps most recognisably as the beautiful cafe waitress who is headbutted by Colin Farrell in Intermission.

Throughout her 11-year career, she has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and her latest role is set to thrust her to the same heights of fame as her co-stars, which include Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts and the late Heath Ledger.

Kerry caught the attention of the industry when she wowed critics with her performance in last year's film The Last Station.

-- Caitlin McBride