Simon Pegg May Return for Mission: Impossible IV

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Although Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible IV has yet to be officially greenlit by Paramount, Heat Vision is reporting that actor Simon Pegg is already in talks to return as lab geek Benji Dunn in the movie targeted for a December 16, 2011 release.

Pegg’s role in J.J. Abrams’ feature film debut Mission: Impossible III was a fairly small one, but it ultimately led to Pegg playing Scotty in Abrams’ blockbuster reboot of Star Trek last year. With Abrams producing the fourth installment, it would be Pegg and Abrams’ third movie together before the in-development Star Trek 2.

Once Paramount gives the go-ahead, plans are to start filming in September with Tom Cruise already signed to return as Ethan Hunt.