Tom Cruise Returns in Mission Impossible 4

Actor Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Ethan Hunt for Mission Impossible 4, slated for release on Memorial Day in 2011.Tom-Cruise

However, JJ Abrams, director of Mission Impossible 3 and the recent successful Star Trek, will not be directing the installment. He will instead produce the film alongside Cruise. Paramount is now looking for a director for the film.

The script will be written by Alias veterans Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec from an idea drafted by Cruise and Abrams.

Cruise has a film to be released this year entitled Knight and Day where he will be reunited with Cameron Diaz whom he last worked with in Vanilla Sky in 2001.

The last installment in the Mission Impossible franchise was released in 2006.

Shooting starts this summer. The release date might compete the film with yet another fourth installment– Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides –which still stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.