The teaser trailer for ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ finds a grim-looking secret agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) working on (and off) familiar dangerous ground.

The film is directed by Pixar’s Brad Bird, written by André Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and J. J. Abrams and stars Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, Josh Holloway, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Anil Kapoor, Michael Nyqvist, Léa Seydoux, Vladimir Mashkov, Samuli Edelmann and Jennifer Stone.

It should also help that Ghost Protocol features some respectable non-American thespians – including Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire), Lea Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds), and Michael Nyqvist (the Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo adaptation) – as its villains. Hopefully, they’ll be more like Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s nasty Owen Davian from Mission: Impossible 3 – and less like Dougrary Scott as the less intimidating, but more just silly, Sean Ambrose from Mission: Impossible 2.

Brad Bird is making his live-action directorial debut with the fourth Mission: Impossible film – and going off the official teaser trailer just released, the movie should boast just as much thrilling action and exciting set pieces as one would expect from the director responsible forThe Incredibles.

Lastly, the use of Eminem’s “Won’t Back Down” in this trailer is unexpected, but works well in giving the Ghost Protocol trailer a bit of extra oomph – before the classic Mission: Impossibletheme starts playing, at least. Hopefully the final product will be a clever and fun adrenaline rush as well.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is scheduled to arrive in U.S. theaters on December 16th, 2011.

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