UPDATE: Paramount now telling me that Anil Kapoor is negotiating to play a “integral supporting role” that is being kept under wraps, but they say he’s not a villain, despite what my sources say. Guess we’ll see.
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is spanning the globe for its Mission: Impossible villains. Slumdog Millionaire’s Anil Kapoor has been cast as a major heavy in the Brad Bird-directed film. He joins Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Michael Nykvist, previously cast as a villain, and reports have French actress Lea Seydoux in the nemesis lineup. Tom Cruise stars with Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg. Kapoor followed up his Slumdog turn with the final season of the Fox series 24. Cruise and JJ Abrams hatched the film’s idea and are producing together. Kapoor is repped by ICM.
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