According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simon Pegg has signed on to join Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 3. He will play an ally of Special Agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise).

Directed by J.J. Abrams, M:I-3 boasts an ensemble cast that also includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Laurence Fishburne, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell and Maggie Q.

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Pegg, best known for toplining and co-writing the indie breakout Shaun of the Dead, is a veteran of British TV. His film credits also include The Reckoning and a cameo in Land of the Dead.