Tom Cruise’s gain is ‘SVU‘ boss Neal Baer’s loss.
Paula Patton – just weeks after being named the new ADA on NBC’s ‘Law & Order: SVU’ – has landed the female lead in ‘Mission: Impossible 4.’ The ‘Precious’ costar beat out the likes of Kristin Kreuk (‘Smallville’) and Lauren German (‘Happy Town’) to score the blockbuster gig.
As a result, Baer has allowed Patton to excuse herself from ‘SVU.’ Her character, ADA Mikka Von (an anagram for Kim Novak, FYI), will go out “in a big way” after one appearance, says TV Guide Magazine.
Joining ‘SVU’ as the new-new ADA, Brooklyn-bred Gillian Hardwicke, is Melissa Sagemiller, most recently of TNT’s ‘Raising The Bar.’ She will first air October 20.
‘SVU’ uncorks its 12th season on Wednesday, September 22, at 9/8c.