Paula Patton lands Mission: Impossible

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A heartwrenching drama film based on the Sapphire novel "Push". Set in 1987 Harlem, the main character is an overweight 16-year-old African-American girl named Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe). Impregnated twice by her mother's boyfriend, Precious has two children including one who suffers from Down syndrome. She's also emotionally and physically abused by her mother (played by Mo'Nique). Because she's illiterate, Precious gets into a special program that connects her with other alienated teenagers as well as a teacher (Paula Patton) who becomes her mentor and biggest supporter. Mariah Carey also stars as a social worker.
September 2nd, 2010

Paula Patton will play the female lead in the fourth 'Mission: Impossible' movie

The 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' actress will play a young operative who works with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) on his fourth tough assignment, reports.

According to the website, the movie will also not be called 'Mission: Impossible 4', with producer J. J. Abrams and Cruise thinking of it as a reboot of the franchise rather than a continuation.

Director Brad Bird is to begin shooting the $140 million project in the autumn, with Jeremy Renner also lined-up to star in the project.

Paula, 34, only began her acting career in 2005, and has since starred in a number of movies including 'Hitch' and 'London' and was most recently seen alongside Queen Latifah and Common in romantic comedy 'Just Wright'.

She is currently filming comedy movie 'Jump the Broom' ahead of her work on the fourth 'Mission: Impossible' movie, which is due for release in December 2011.