'Dragon Tattoo' star is new 'M:I-4' villain

12:33 PM PST 09/24/2010 by Jay A. Fernandez, AP

Michael Nyqvist played journalist in Swedish thriller

Michael Nyqvist, who played journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish thriller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and its sequels, will play one of the lead villains in Paramount's "Mission: Impossible 4."

The movie, being directed by Brad Bird, has slowly been pulling together its cast, with new faces Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Vladimir Mashkov joining Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg in the action movie.

J.J. Abrams, who is producing with Cruise and Paula Wagner, worked on the story with scribes Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, who have written the screenplay.

The production is scouting locations in Vancouver, Prague and Dubai for a December 2011 release.
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