*Ving Rhames revealed last week that he’s returning to his “Mission: Impossible” character in the upcoming fourth installment of the franchise.

In an appearance on “Lopez Tonight” to plug his current film, “Piranha 3D,” Rhames said he’ll reprise his role as Luther Stickell in Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible IV,” joining star Tom Cruise for the fourth time.

J.J. Abrams is producing and Brad Bird will direct the action thriller, scheduled for a December 16, 2011 release.

Watch Ving Rhames’ appearance on “Lopez Tonight” below.

Production is set to begin in September.