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jessica chastain mission impossible 5Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain may be playing the female lead in "Mission: Impossible 5," according to a new report.

Schmoes Know writes that the actress has been offered a leading role across from series star Tom Cruise, and studio Paramount is now waiting on Chastain to make a decision about the part. According to the site, sources say it's "an unspecified role (at the moment) but that it will indeed be a starring role," and that if she accepts, Chastain would "become Tom Cruise's right hand woman; whether that means as a love interest or a fellow agent, we don't know the specifics yet."

Chastain certainly proved she's got the action chops to pull off a part in the venerable "Mission" franchise, thanks to her Oscar-nominated role as the relentless Maya in "Zero Dark Thirty." She's currently mulling an offer to play Marilyn Monroe in a new feature, though, so that could impact her decision to jump into the next "Mission," which is due out late next year

"Mission 5" stars Cruise and re-teams him with his "Jack Reacher" director, Christopher McQuarrie, who joined the project last year. The all-star team behind the film also includes writer Drew Pearce ("Iron Man 3") and producer J.J. Abrams (who'll co-produce along with Cruise).

"Mission: Impossible 5" opens Christmas Day, 2015.

via: Schmoes Know, h/t First Showing

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