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Tom Cruise says 'Mission: Impossible 4' called 'Ghost Protocol', may star in 'Rock of Ages' film

10/28/2010 by Corinne Heller

Tom Cruise in a scene from 'Mission Impossible 3'. (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures) Tom Cruise says the title of the upcoming fourth Mission: Impossible film is Ghost Protocol, which he is currently shooting in Dubai, while the actor is also reportedly being courted for a role in a movie adaptation of the musical Rock of Ages.

"It's not gonna be MI 2, MI 3, MI 4, but it's gonna be Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol ... that will be the title of this film," the French news wire Agence France Presse quoted Cruise as telling reporters in Dubai, where part of the movie is being filmed.

"One of the things that I always wanted with the franchise was for it to not have a number afterwards, because I haven't made sequels of films, and I never really thought of these films as sequels," Cruise said. "When you see each one of them, I think it's distinctive of each film-maker. It's a series that I love doing."

The film sees Cruise reprising his role as super spy Ethan Hunt and is due for release on Dec. 11, 2011. Jeremy Renner of The Avengers and The Hurt Locker and British actor Simon Pegg of Shaun of the Dead and Star Trek are also set to star. Other filming locations include Moscow, Prague and Vancouver.

Meanwhile, Deadline.com reported recently that Cruise has been offered a role as a bartender in a film adaptation of Rock of Ages, a Broadway musical starring American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis that includes 1980s rock songs from artists such as Whitesnake, Journey and Damn Yankees. Cruise has not commented on the report.

A Top Gun sequel in also in the works and director Tony Scott has reportedly said he wants to make a film about unmanned aircraft rather than about fighter pilots. It is unclear if Cruise will appear in the movie.

The 1986 movie helped turn Cruise into an international sex symbol and depicted male students of an elite flying school for fighter pilots. In the film, his character engages in a romance with a civilian instructor, played by Kelly McGillis. Top Gun 2 screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie told Vulture earlier this week: "There is no Top Gun 2 in which Maverick is not the starring role."

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