Hoffman was Cruise’s top choice for the baddie in the previous Joe Carnahan version of the film that was to have starred Carrie-Anne Moss and Scarlett Johansson but because of scheduling reasons, they were unable to work out a deal. Instead, Cruise and Carnahan went with Kenneth Branagh to play the nemesis of IMF’s Ethan Hunt. But then, as you all know by now, Carnahan left the film, Cruise went on to film WAR OF THE WORLDS and Hoffman became available as the production was delayed.
Well this is good news. Perhaps with a start date for filming finally being announced and now this addition of Hoffman, the focus can be put back on the film instead of on Tom Cruise and his freaky behaviour lately.