Scarlett Johansson and THE MATRIX star Carrie-Anne Moss have quit the second MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE sequel because of ongoing delays.

The two in-demand actresses were slated to team up with Tom Cruise in M:I 3 but director Jj Abrams reveals he has had to let them go because of scheduling problems around the film's script.

He tells website ABOUT.COM, "The script was rewritten. I'm a huge fan of each actor that they cast originally, but to have kept the actors when we are reinventing the story would have been an odd process.

"To say, 'Write a script with these people in mind for characters that haven't been written,' just felt like we had to start over with a clean slate."

Abrams, who has yet to announce his replacements for the project, is committed to starting the shoot in July (05).

06/05/2005 02:41