While it was already expected that he will return to the cast, Mission: Impossible 5 writer-director Christopher McQuarrie confirmed on Twitter today that Ving Rhames will return as Luther Stickell in the action sequel.

Ving Rhames joins a cast that already includes Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson. Alec Baldwin will play the head of the CIA in this action sequel, while Rebecca Ferguson is portraying the female lead.

We reported earlier this month that production will begin on Mission: Impossible 5 on August 24 at Leavesden Studios in London. No story details have been confirmed at this time.

We'll keep you posted with more Mission: Impossible 5 updates as we get closer to production starting next week.