The TV hunk, who played castaway Sawyer on the desert island drama, looks set to join the action man, Paula Patton and The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner in Mission: Impossible IV.
Vladimir Mashkov and Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist will play the villains of the piece.
The film is set to hit cinemas at the end of next year (11).
In his first major (and confirmed) career move since wrapping six years of Island adventures on ABC's Lost, Josh Holloway, who infamously played James "Sawyer" Ford, has joined the ever-expanding international cast of Paramount Pictures Mission Impossible IV. He joins star Tom Cruise and a strong supporting cast that includes Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Vladimir Mashkov and Michael Nyqvist.
Brad Bird is directing the fourquel, with M:I:III director J.J. Abrams back in action as producer. Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec penned the screenplay for the film. Holloway will play a member of Ethan Hunt's new IMF team. The film will shoot all over the world, in exotic locations like Dubai and Prague, starting this December for a December 16th 2011 release.
For Holloway, the deal heralds a much-deserved sigh of relief. The TV vet has been trying to lock a project since Lost ended, but hasn't had much luck. He was rumored to play Gambit in last summer's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but lost the part to the much younger Taylor Kitsch (his rigorous Lost production schedule kept him from the part). Since then, he's been attached to a reboot of NBC's The Rockford Files that has never gone to pilot. I'd love to see him take over for James Garner as the easy going PI, but Holloway has earned a shot at the big screen, especially after losing out another high profile job (that would be Hawkeye in Paramount's upcoming superhero spectacular The Avengers) to his newly minted M:I:IV co-star Renner!
Nyqvist, who won acclaim for his role as journalist Mikael Blomkvist in Swedish thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, will battle Cruise in director Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible 4, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cruise last faced-off against Philip Seymour Hoffman in the franchise, for 2006 blockbuster Mission: Impossible III.
Nyqvist joins an all-star cast for the follow-up, including returning stars Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg, and new faces Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Russian actor Vladimir Mashkov.
M:I 4 is scheduled to start shooting in Canada, Dubai and the Czech Republic later this year (10).
Michael Nyqvist, the Swedish actor best known for playing journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the international hit thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is about to make the jump to Hollywood. According to Heat Vision, the 49-year-old actor has been cast as the lead villain in Paramount's upcoming Mission: Impossible 4, opposite Tom Cruise and new addition Jeremy Renner.
According to Swedish tabloid Nojes Bladet, Nyqvist just landed in Prague, where filming is set to begin this week. "I'm having to train kickboxing and such every day," Nyqvist told the paper (via Google Translate). "In the end, Tom Cruise and I have a fight as it will take three to four weeks to film, there will be stunts where we are using ropes and such." Adds Nyqvist, "I like Tom Cruise. He is damn nice."
While Paramount hasn't issued any kind of statement as to who Nyqvist's character will be, certainly a third act showdown between Tom Cruise and the Swede hints at an arch villain-type role of one kind or another.
Former Pixar director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) is set to direct with a script from Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, with a healthy dose of oversight from producer extraordinaire J.J. Abrams. Principal photography begins with Nyqvist, Cruise, Renner, Paula Patton, Vladimir Mashkov, Ving Rhames, and Simon Pegg on location in Vancouver, Prague, and Dubai this month, ahead of a December 2011 release.
Source: Heat Vision
Not sure if you could tell or not, but Vladimir Mashkov is Russian. And he could probably crush you. Then drink a bottle of vodka and throw on a bear fur coat and do that dance with the legs kicking out. Some other Russian stereotype.
Anyway, Mashkov has been cast in Mission Impossible IV. Main players from the first three are returning, so we get another dose of Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, and hopefully Simon Pegg, who is rumored to return as analyst Benji (his deal has yet to close at the time of this writing). New faces that Mashkov joins are Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton. And just to throw another name at you Brad Bird will be directing.
At this point does it even matter who is in the movie? They’re pulling in some heavy talent for this film, but really it could all be arbitrary and we would still watch it. Shame on Paramount for attempting to create a film worthy of our hard earned dollars. How dare they attempt to create a story with a well respected director and nuanced actors! At least they brought back Tom Cruise, that’s the only smart move they’ve made so far.
Source: The Wrap