Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Anil Kapoor, Simon Pegg, Josh Holloway, Lea Seydoux, Michael Nyqvist
Release Date: December 16
Why we’re excited: Tom Cruise needs a hit worse than Christian Bale’s crackhead in The Fighter. Barring any freak occurrences, he should have one with this fourth Mission: Impossible entry, directed by Pixar veteran Brad Bird (The Incredibles). Little is known about the plot, other than rumblings that current It-actor Jeremy Renner is playing Cruise’s protege. Each of the first three M:I films was popcorn entertainment of top pedigree, so the bar is set pretty high for Ghost Protocol. If this fails, it shouldn’t be too long before we see Jerry Maguire II: Rep Harder.