Anthony Mackie, Kevin Zegers and Chris Egan are all being eyed for roles in Brad Bird's highly-anticipated sequel, individuals familiar with the casting process have told Deal Central. For its part, Paramount has denied to TheWrap that the trio are in contention to join the cast.
It's unclear whether the actors are in competition with one another, or whether there are several parts to be cast, but TheWrap has learned that they've auditioned to be new additions to the "M:I" team, and will screen test shortly.
Of the three actors, Mackie may be the best known and the most talented. Any major studio franchise would be lucky to have the 30 year-old actor, who earned raves last year for his explosive performance in "The Hurt Locker."
He recently played the late rapper Tupac Shakur in "Notorious" and co-starred in "Eagle Eye." Mackie next stars opposite Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in "The Adjustment Bureau," and is currently filming Shawn Levy's "Real Steel" with Hugh Jackman.
Egan is the 26-year-old Australian actor who recently romanced Amanda Seyfried in "Letters to Juliet."
He previously appeared on the big screen in "Eragon" and "Resident Evil: Extinction," and starred opposite Ian McShane on NBC's "Kings."
Zegers is the former "Air Bud" actor who grew up to star in "Frozen" and "Transamerica." The 25-year-old heartthrob recently wrapped a guest arc on "Gossip Girl," and he's currently filming "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde" with Hilary Duff.
Mackie is represented by UTA and Inspire Entertainment, while CAA and Untitled Entertainment represent Egan and Zegers.