Anil Kapoor expected to join 'M:I 4'

Role could be next for '24,' 'Slumdog Millionaire' actor

By Nyay Bhushan


NEW DELHI -- 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 4."

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

Kapoor is repped by ICM and is shortly expected to close final negotiations to confirm 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."

As one of India's most popular actors with a career spanning over two decades, Kapoor will feature in upcoming Bollywood feature “No Problem."

“Mission: Impossible 4” is directed by Brad Bird and 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.

“Lost” star Josh Holloway is also joining the cast  along with veterans Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg in addition to 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 scribes Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, who have written the screenplay.

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