Tom Cruise spills: Brad Bird WILL direct M:I4

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Tom Cruise's impossible missions are about to get incredible. Ever since he made up his mind to return for another Mission Impossible, he's been trying to decide which director he'd let put him through his paces—Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) or Brad Bird (The Incredibles).

According to empireonline, the star has finally made up his mind. And the man who'll be directing while Cruise and J.J. Abrams produce is—Brad Bird.

"I dig Edgar," said Cruise. "Very nice guy, very smart, very talented, I'd really like to do something with him. I met Edgar on the set of Mission 3. Simon Pegg and those guys are hilarious. I love Shaun of the Dead. It's amazing. But we're working with Brad right now. I don't know if I'm allowed to talk about it, but everything's signed. ... Brad is doing it.

"The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille—Brad is enormously talented, and J.J. and I are having a blast, cranking away," Cruise continued. "We're having a lot of fun. I like working with people I just love hanging out with. You get to hang out and laugh and talk stories and movies and technology: What are we going to do?"

Mission: Impossible IV is expected in theaters sometime in 2011.

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