Tom Cruise waved to fans and soaked in the excitement at today's Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol event in Tokyo. He was joined by costar Paula Patton, and the two were surrounded by enormous action-packed pictures of Tom from the film. Missing from the action was Jeremy Renner, who may have recently gotten himself in some hot water with his latest statements about taking over the MI franchise from Tom. In the past, it was reported that this would be Tom's final film in the series and Jeremy would be the new leading man, but at a recent press day, Renner implied otherwise.
Jeremy told Extra, "I don’t think that’s really ever a possibility. I think the possibility, first and foremost, is for audiences to receive this movie and like it, want to see more. And then it’s Tom’s willingness to want to do another one, to put together another big movie like this. These aren’t easy to put together. So if Paramount and Tom want me to do it, I’d be happy to be a part of it. I’d be up for it . . . assuming my character doesn’t croak. I’m not going to tell ya!" With Ghost Protocol coming out Dec. 21, we'll see how Ethan Hunt fares this time around, though it sounds like the door is open for even more of Tom's iconic character in our future.