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J.J. Abrams to Let Some Other Schmuck Direct Mission Impossible 4

Today, Deadline's Mike Fleming gives a status update on Paramount's upcoming Mission Impossible 4 (now due Memorial Day 2011). Yes, Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Ethan Hunt and be the movie's focus (contrary to rumors that he'd cede the foreground to another secret agent played by a less crazy actor). And no, producer J.J. Abrams, who helmed the third MI film, will not direct (he's currently accepting applications, though). Directing by proxy is so hot in 2011. [DHD]

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