Mission Impossible 5 will storm into theaters Dec. 25, 2015.
Tom Cruise will return as Ethan Hunt and will share producing credits with J.J. Abrams, who will release another potential blockbuster, Star Wars: Episode VII, just one week earlier.
Simon Pegg confirmed to MTV that he will reprise his role as Benji Dunn, the technical guru of Hunt’s team. But, it’s unclear whether Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames and Paula Patton will return.
Drew Pearce, the writer behind Iron Man 3, will handle the script, and Christopher McQuarrie, who worked with Cruise on Valkyrie and Jack Reacher, will direct the film. Details of the plot have not yet been revealed, but the story will undoubtedly find our hero, perhaps reluctantly, taking on a mission that grows exponentially more difficult and intense before he foils some evildoer’s nefarious plan.
The fourth film in the Mission Impossible series, Ghost Protocol, released in 2011, was praised by critics for its fast-paced action. Directed by Brad Bird, it brought in nearly $700 million at the box office.