As noted by McQuarrie in the tweet, he’s joining Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg in the December 25, 2015 release. Rebecca Ferguson will reportedly play the female lead, while Alec Baldwin is said to play the head of the CIA in the new film.
The last installment, the Brad Bird-directed Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, opened in December of 2011 and earned an impressive $694.7 million worldwide on a budget of $145 million. Rhames had more of a cameo appearance in that film instead of a full role.
— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) August 16, 2014