'Matrix' star added as film Cruise-s towards filming

Paramount Pictures has tapped Carrie-Anne Moss to star opposite Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible 3.”

Studio is expected to start lensing this summer for a 2005 release. “Narc” director Joe Carnahan will helm “Mission: Impossible 3,” to be produced by Cruise and Paula Wagner via their Par-based C/W Prods. Cruise will again portray agent Ethan Hunt.

Ving Rhames is set to reprise his sidekick role as Luther Stickel in “Mission: Impossible 3.” Script has gone through several high-profile scribes including Dean Georgaris, Robert Towne and Dan Gilroy; Frank Darabont has been working on the most recent draft. Plot details have been kept under wraps.

Paramount grossed $1 billion from the first two “Mission: Impossible” films. The first cumed $454 million worldwide in 1996; “Mission: Impossible 2″ following with $546 million worldwide four years later.

Moss starred in all three “Matrix” films. She’s also signed on with Ralph Fiennes and Rita Wilson in an untitled project financed by El Camino Pictures, the film financing company formed by Bob Yari in alliance with William Morris Independent (Daily Variety, April 19).

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