British actor Simon Pegg has been handed a leading role opposite Hollywood giant Tom Cruise in MISSION: Impossible III after director Jj Abrams fell in love with his hit movie Shaun Of The Dead.

Pegg, who wrote and starred in the spoof of zombie classic Dawn of the Dead, is set to play a friend of special agent ETHAN HUNT - who is played by Cruise.

Abrams says, "I've been dying to work with Simon since I saw Shaun Of The Dead."