Par finds ‘Lost’ starlet

Johansson nabs 'Mission' after heated casting call

Paramount Pictures has tapped Scarlett Johansson for its Tom Cruise franchise sequel “Mission: Impossible 3.”

The “Lost in Translation” star is set to portray an ally of Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character. Casting for the part had generated extensive submissions of ingenue types from Hollywood tenpercenteries.

“Narc” director Joe Carnahan is helming “M:I 3,” produced by Cruise and Paula Wagner via their Par-based C/W Prods with lensing starting this summer for a May 2005 release.

Other castmembers include Kenneth Branagh, Carrie-Anne Moss and Ving Rhames

Johansson is starring in the Paul Weitz-directed “Synergy” at Universal. She’s also toplining “Napoleon” for Lions Gate and in the Brian De Palma-directed adaptation of James Ellroy’s book “The Black Dahlia.”

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