While Deadline's story on his casting has him negotiating and cautions that it is far from a done deal, McQuarrie, meanwhile, appears much more bullish, welcoming Harris to the film via his Twitter page last week.
Welcome, Sean Harris #MI5Diary
— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) September 6, 2014
The fifth Mission statement is already shooting, having kicked off work in Vienna recently. Cruise is naturally back as Ethan Hunt, joined once more by Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg, with Ving Rhames and Paula Patton rumoured to return. Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen), Fast Furious 6 (2013) stunt driver Asim Ahmad, Rupert Wickham (Belle) and Alec Baldwin (Blue Jasmine) are also all aboard for a film that is keeping its plot details locked in a laser guarded vault for now.
Harris should prove a great nemesis for Cruise, bringing a different type of energy to the series from previous opponents. Harris will next be on our screens in '71, due 10 October, with Susanne Bier's (In A Better World) long delayed Serena then set for 24 October. He'll also be seen alongside Prometheus co-star Michael Fassbender in the new Macbeth and crime drama Trespass Against Us, which are both awaiting release dates.