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'Mission: Impossible 5' sets 2015 release date

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves marking your calendars for the Dec. 25, 2015 release of the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Paramount Pictures confirmed the Christmas Day release on Wednesday.

Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in the film, which will find the actor re-teaming with his Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie. Drew Pearce, who co-wrote Iron Man 3 with Shane Black, is writing the script.


'Mission: Impossible 5': Tom Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie to direct

Christopher McQuarrie, a frequent Tom Cruise collaborator who wrote the Nazi saga Valkyrie and wrote and director last year’s Jack Reacher, has signed on to make Mission: Impossible 5.

McQuarrie has an Oscar for penning the screenplay to The Usual Suspects and also wrote and directed 2000’s The Way of the Gun. He also worked on the screenplay for Cruise’s upcoming Edge of Tomorrow (formerly All You Need Is Kill).

Paramount Pictures officially announced McQuarrie’s participation today after he hinted at the news via Twitter, telling his followers: “Mission: Accepted.”

Tom Cruise signs on for 'Mission: Impossible 5'

This message will self-destruct in five seconds: Nearly two decades after kicking off the blockbuster Mission: Impossible series in 1996, Tom Cruise has signed on to star in a fifth installment in the espionage franchise, EW has confirmed.

Cruise’s last outing in the role of IMF agent Ethan Hunt, 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, took in nearly $700 million at the box office worldwide, making it Cruise’s highest-grossing film ever. According to Deadline, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie, who teamed with Cruise on last year’s action thriller Jack Reacher, is the top candidate to helm the film, but neither a director nor any other casting or plot details have yet been officially unveiled.

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