'Lost' star Josh Holloway joins 'M:I-4'

EXCLUSIVE: Marks actor's first major post-series film role

"Lost" star Josh Holloway is joining the "Mission: Impossible" team.

In his first major screen role since wrapping the ABC show, Holloway is in final negotiations to act as a member of the Impossible Mission Force, the secret agent task force headed by Tom Cruise in Paramount's "Mission: Impossible 4."

Holloway boards the ever-growing Brad Bird-directed pic, whose cast, in addition to Cruise, already includes Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Vladimir Mashkov as well as franchise vets Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg.

Story details are being kept in a self-destructable vault thus no information on Holloway's character was available.

J.J. Abrams, who is producing with Cruise and Paula Wagner, 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 fall shoot with an eye towards a December 2011 release.

"Impossible" will be the first studio picture for Holloway, who spent six seasons as heartthrob anti-hero Sawyer on "Lost," which was exec produced by Abrams. He has appeared in a couple of indies, including "Stay Cool" and "Whisper," although he had to pass on larger opportunities that tended to overlap the TV show, which shot in Hawaii.

Holloway is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
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