"Slumdog" actor Anil Kapoor expected to join "M:I-4"

Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:49pm EDT
 
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By Nyay Bhushan

NEW DELHI, India (Hollywood Reporter) - Indian actor Anil Kapoor, last seen in "24" after his Hollywood breakthrough with "Slumdog Millionaire," is expected to join the growing cast of "Mission: Impossible IV."

"I was approached for the project and I said yes," Kapoor told The Hollywood Reporter, but he didn't divulge details about the role that could be the 50-year-old actor's first appearance in a major Hollywood studio production.

Kapoor is expected to close final negotiations soon for his appearance in the latest installment of the Tom Cruise-starring franchise.

Kapoor was last seen in the final season of Fox's "24," in which he played president Omar Hassan, the leader of a Middle Eastern country. He also appeared in Danny Boyle's multiple Oscar winner "Slumdog Millionaire."

One of India's most popular actors, with a career spanning more than two decades, Kapoor will feature in upcoming Bollywood feature "No Problem."

"Mission: Impossible IV" is directed by Brad Bird ("The Incredibles," "Ratatouille"). Already confirmed as one of the lead villains is Michael Nyqvist, last seen in the Swedish thriller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and its sequels. French actress Lea Seydoux will play the lead female villain.

"Lost" star Josh Holloway is also joining the cast, along with franchise veterans Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg and new faces Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Vladimir Mashkov.

"M:I-4" is produced by Cruise along with J.J. Abrams, who worked on the story with screenwriters Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, who wrote the screenplay.

The production is scouting locations in Vancouver, Prague and Dubai for a December 2011 release.

 
<p>Cast member Anil Kapoor poses at the party for the television series finale of "24" in Los Angeles April 30, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>