Kanye West Records Theme To 'Mission Impossible 3', Tom Cruise Speaks

Grammy Award-winning

rapper Kanye West has been selected to interpret the theme to the latest installment

of the Mission: Impossible movie franchise.

West follows in

the paths of U2, who reinterpreted the theme for the first movie in 1996, and

Limp Bizkit, who recorded their version for Mission: Impossible II in


Mission: Impossible

III was shot on location in parts of the U.S., Berlin, Shanghai and Rome.

The movie features Tom Cruise as Special Agent Ethan Hunt and also stars Ving

Rhames, Laurence Fishburne, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Monaghan and others.

"As a fan

of Kanye's work, I was thrilled at the prospect of him contributing his talents

to M:I III," said Cruise, who produced the film. "We wanted

to take this installment of Mission to the next level and Kanye's music

definitely added to accomplishing that goal. As we've done with the film, what

he's done with the Mission theme is going to blow people away."

West, who is nominated

for eight Grammys this year for his sophomore album Late Registration,

is part of an effort to reinterpret the movie, which is directed by J.J. Abrams.

He said West realized his goal of making "a movie that is familiar, but

absolutely brand new."

"West has

done just that with his version of the classic Lalo Schifrin theme, and we're

thrilled to be working with him," added Abrams.

The movie chain

is based on the '60s television of the same name and is co-produced by Paula

Wagner, who said: "[West's] powerful, emotional style is the perfect complement

for the mix of drama and action that is in this film."

Mission: Impossible

III is scheduled for release on May 5, 2006.