Simon Pegg In Negotiations for Mission: Impossible IV

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:44 am,

Simon Pegg returning for Mission Impossible 4 Simon Pegg In Negotiations for Mission: Impossible IV

While we wait to see if the international box office for Knight and Day determines Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible IV fate (although it’s looking more than likely he will return), we can at least rest assured that some supporting character continuity will still be in place.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Simon Pegg is currently in negotiations to return to the Mission: Impossible franchise for the fourth film, being directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles). If he does return, he’ll be reprising his role from the third movie as lab geek Benji Dunn, who unsurprisingly provided a very welcome dose of comic relief to the otherwise straight-faced and serious proceedings.

Details on the plot of M:I IV are being kept firmly under wraps for the time being, which is understandable considering the movie hasn’t even been officially greenlit and if and when it is, won’t be hitting theaters until next Christmas. However, we do know it’s being written by Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum (Alias) from an original idea by both Cruise and J.J. Abrams.

Speaking of the latter, if Pegg does return he will be collaborating with Abrams for the third time. Abrams directed him in both the third Mission: Impossible and Star Trek. And although Abrams is not directing Mission: Impossible IV, he is still attached as a producer. Perhaps Abrams has tapped Pegg as the new go-to guy for comic relief in his action movies?

Simon Pegg Mission Impossible 3 Simon Pegg In Negotiations for Mission: Impossible IV

Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn in 'Mission: Impossible III'

I’d very much like to see Pegg return for M:I IV.  Aside from the fact that I’d watch anything with Pegg in it, I really got a kick out of his character in the third Mission: Impossible. While Cruise was running around saving the world, Pegg brought some humor to it all, much like he did as Scotty in the Star Trek reboot. The question is will he be the only one returning from the third movie or will we see actors like Ving Rhames and Maggie Q return, too?

If officially greenlit (and I have little doubt it will be), Mission: Impossible IV will likely start shooting this September and is currently scheduled to be released on December 16th, 2011.

Source: THR

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  1. I hate Dr Teeth but I really enjoy Pegg in almost everything he has done.

    • Can’t say I like everything Pegg does. I loved Star Trek and How to lose friends and I find him very funny. However, I hate Hot Fuzz with a passion I mean one of my least fave films of the decade possibly all time. Shaun of the Dead was ok, but overrated in my book. It had a few decent chuckles, but wasn’t all that funny Pegg was certainly the best part though. At the end of the day he’s a funny guy though and is enjoyable to watch.

      • I love Hot Fuzz, and Shaun Of The Dead!

        • I was watching Hott Fuzz and my wife was working on the computer at home in the living room where I was watching it and she had to stop working because she was laughing so hard..we both laughed our arses off..I thought it was a great bit of fun.

      • Have you seen any of Spaced, Daniel? Well worth a go.

  2. Pegg is a funny guy and I loved Star Trek and very much enjoyed How to Lose Friends. However I really hate Tom Cruise and strongly dislike Mission Impossible. I enjoyed the first Mission Impossible and the second was horrible and insult to films every where. I didn’t even bother with the third though I heard it was much better I still lack interest in it because from everything I read it lacks everything that made the first film entertaining.

  3. i like mr pegg about 75% percent of the time he did a great job on star trek and he was a welcome addition to Mission Impossible so…yeah

  4. Sooo… I’m willing to bet cold hard cash Mission Impossible IV will be in 3-D. Any takers? lol

    • Probably. It’s a big budget action franchise that’s coming out post-Avatar. I’d be surprised if it DIDN’T end up in 3D.

  5. I think Simon Pegg would actually make a pretty decent Bilbo Baggins.

    • i like pegg, but wont being this movie

  6. Actually Dentist I havnt. Mind telling me what it’s about? Like I said I like Pegg so might check it out. As long as it’s smarter than Hot Fuzz.

    • yarp, i liked hot fuzz daniel hahaha, as well as shaun of the dead

    • Been clearing my emails of Inception notifications and realised I missed your question, Daniel! Spaced was the first collaboration between Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright – co-written by Pegg and Jessica Hynes (nee Stevenson). She and Pegg play two twentysomethings sharing a flat – he’s an unsuccessful comic artist who works in a comic shop (with comedian Bill Bailey), she’s an equally unsuccessful writer. Nick Frost plays his military-obsessed best friend Mike; he’d never acted before, but he and Pegg shared a flat together, and Mike was a character he’d invented years before to keep them both amused.

      So it’s a traditional sitcom setup, but non-studio-bound, with Wright trying out every cinematic storytelling technique imaginable without descending into gimmickry. An incredibly focused and professional achievement for a 24-year-old. As a TV show it still looks unique now. Surreal situations, lots of film and comic references – a genuine love for the production comes across from everyone concerned. Densely packed and very rewatchable. Hope I haven’t built it up too much; I’ve no idea what you’ll make of it!

      Incidentally, Shaun Of The Dead came from one episode where Pegg’s character stays up for three days solid playing Resident Evil, and starts hallucinating zombies in the living room…

      • Oh, and there’s a scene in another episode where it’s implied he’s “ransacked his dignity” over a picture of Gillian Anderson, which came back to haunt him when he appeared alongside her in How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, and another where he delivers the fate-tempting line “Sure as every odd-numbered Star Trek movie is s**t”!

        • Jessica Stevenson turning up in Shaun as the leader of the “other team” is a kind of in-joke, as their characters could almost be slightly older versions of the ones they played in Spaced.

  7. actually i liked timothy dalton in that movie too lol