Though pretty much every human in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was outshines by the giant Burj Khalifa building and the suction gloves Tom Cruise used to climb it, everyone in the movie has also gotten a boost from being in such a big hit.
That might go double for Paula Patton, who was the least famous of the central four characters before the movie, and has been busily booking roles in all kinds of films in the last few years. She’s already set to star opposite Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in 2 Guns, a heist thriller in which she’ll play Washington’s love interest, and now she’s signed on for a film that will put her in a much bigger lead role.
Deadline reports she’ll star for director and writer David tablet in Baggage Claim, a comedy about a group of flight attendants who make a pact to find a husband in either 30 days or 30,000 miles. Talbert is explicitly compared to Tyler Perry in the article, another black filmmaker who got his start writing and touring plays around black communities. Unlike Perry, though, Talbert has only made one other film– 2008’s First Sunday— but his plays have been big enough hits that his breakthrough into filmmaking may be ready to happen. Baggage Claim itself is based on Talbert’s own bestselling novel, so like Perry he’s got a big fanbase he could potentially bring into movie theaters. More info