Wow, two stories about Shaun of the Dead star Simon Pegg in the same day?  It’s almost like when we seemed to have a new interview with those guys on the site every week for several months.  But if anyone deserves mainstream success, it’s anyone involved with that flick.

And now Tom Cruise is getting himself a little slice of fried gold – Pegg has joined the rather eclectic cast assembled for Mission Impossible 3.  And while we still have no idea what the movie is about (outside of the expected confusing espionage), Brit actor Pegg will apparently be one of the “good guys”.  Hey, as long as it doesn’t interfere with Hot Fuzz.

"I’ve been dying to work with Simon since I saw Shaun of the Dead,” said MI3 director JJ Abrams, who graduates from Alias to feature films.  His comedic skill is remarkable; he’s able to be hysterically funny while always seeming 100% real, even when he’s killing zombies with vinyl records.” Careful, babe – comments like that will get you some serious manlove around here.

The movie, currently in production, also features Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Laurence Fishburne, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell and Maggie Q.  There were also rumors that Cruise’s former tail-rider Val Kilmer would make an appearance, but at the very least we’ll probably get a cameo from Greg Grunberg.

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