It would appear Jessica Chastain is having "a moment." Earlier this week it was announced she was going to star in a new Marilyn Monroe, as the title diva. Now Shmoes Know is reporting that she has been offered a lead role alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5. Then again, one could argue her moment is on its third year by now, having broken out in The Help in 2011, then following that up with Zero Dark Thirty, and getting Academy Award nominations for both. But landing a starring role in one of Hollywood's most well-known franchises could really cement her place on the A-List.
Shmoes Knows is claiming that a reliable source within the production has informed them that the filmmakers are seeking her for a major role in Mission: Impossible 5. Whether it'd be as a love interest or fellow agent, is unknown at this time. But they did describe her as Ethan Hunt's (Cruise) "right hand woman," so that likely rules out a villain role- though I think she'd be super as a baddie. But the source asserts, again, that the role is of a starring nature.
As of now, it would appear an offer has been made, and the ball is now firmly in her court. Coming off of Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol, which effectively brought the series back to glory with a massive box office haul and stellar reviews, it's clear that the filmmakers feel like they can aim high with their casting choices.
It should be noted, though, that this could go one of two ways. I seem to recall back in 2010 when it was announced that Jeremy Renner was cast in Ghost Protocol it, too, was considered to be a huge career-defining moment for the actor. He had broken out with The Hurt Locker (also a Kathryn Bigelow film, like Zero Dark), and quickly landed roles in the Bourne reboot, the Marvel films, and M:I. In fact, there was a major school of thought that Ghost Protocol was going to transfer lead actor duties to Renner from Cruise, and that the series would become his. That didn't pan out. Now, I won't argue that his career hasn't been going awesomely these last few years, but I would just caution anyone before they get too, too excited about Chastain joining M:I 5. In terms of her career trajectory, we'll have to wait and see how this all pans out.
What do you think? Would you be excited to see Ms. Chastain in Mission: Impossible 5? Think she should take the job?