Paramount Pictures will premiere an exclusive look at this summer's most highly anticipated action-thriller, Mission: Impossible 3, as Tom Cruise introduces the new trailer across MTV Networks on Thursday, March 16, it was announced today by Gerry Rich, president of worldwide motion picture marketing for Paramount Pictures. The film, starring Tom Cruise and directed by J.J. Abrams, the creator of Lost and Alias, opens in theaters nationwide on May 5, 2006.

The trailer will air simultaneously on MTV, MTV2, VH1, CMT, BET, and Spike TV during the 10pm-11pm block on Thursday, March 16, one day before it runs in any movie theater. The exclusive material will also be available on the Internet at mtv.com, mtv2.com, vh1.com, cmt.com, spiketv.com, and at iFilm.

Commenting on the announcement, Rich said, "Tom and J.J. have come through with an amazing action movie and we think viewers across MTV networks will agree that 'M:i:III' is the first must-see event film of the summer. When you've got the goods, it's exciting to be able to share it with the audience in a special way. We're thrilled to be pulling out all the stops with our partners at the MTV Networks."

Tom Cruise returns as Special Agent Ethan Hunt, who faces the mission of his life in Mission: Impossible III. Director J. J. Abrams (Lost, Alias) brings his unique blend of action and drama to the billion-dollar franchise.

Paramount Pictures presents a Cruise|Wagner production, Mission: Impossible 3. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams, from a screenplay written by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & J.J. Abrams, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller. The film is produced by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner. The film also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, and Laurence Fishburne. The film is not yet rated.