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.