Star Scoop: Tom Cruise Is Impossible, Keira Knightley Nails Hathaway Role, ‘Star Trek’ Landing Early

By  May 07, 2013

Five times is a charm for Tom Cruise who will be reprising his role of Ethan Hunt for Mission Impossible 5. Cruise, who originally took on the role in 1996, landed his highest-grossing film with the 2011 installment, Ghost Protocol, which made $700 million at the box office. [Entertainment Weekly]

A now-blonde Anne Hathaway is out and Keira Knightley is steadily working her way in. The Anna Karenina star is in negotiations to take over Hathaway’s role as a woman who escapes a wedding proposal panic by befriending a teenager in Laggies. Hathaway reportedly backed out of the role, opposite Chloë Moretz, to film Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. [Vulture]

Star Trek fans will be able to go where no man has gone before a day early. Into the Darkness, starring Zoe Saldana and Chris Pine, will hit theaters on May 16th instead of its original May 17th release date, so don’t forget to change your alerts. [L.A. Times]

WME talent agency is adding Justin Timberlake to its roster. Already repping the Tennessee Kid’s acting career, William Morris Endeavor will now acquire his future touring endeavors and endorsement deals. [The Hollywood Reporter]

It’s a sad day in Hollywood as the film industry says goodbye to a special effects pioneer. Ray Harryhausen, who ushered in stop-motion model animation in films like Jason and the Argonauts and Mighty Joe Young, died Tuesday in London. He was 92 years old. [USA Today]

It’s been 20 years since Martin Scorcese first took interest in adapting Japanese author Shusaku Endo’s Silence for film. Now, his dream is finally coming true. The director has tapped The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield for project, which is now financed and has the greenlight for a June 2014 production start date. [Variety]