Mumbai: It's official. Anil Kapoor has been signed to essay an important role in one of the biggest film series of Hollywood, Mission Impossible 4 (MI4), reports MidDay.
A source said: "Paramount Pictures is searching for international actors to play villains in MI4 and it's rumoured that Anil will play the main villain.
Though Anil is definitely playing a strong character in the film, the exact nature of his role is yet to be ascertained.
Most probably it will be a grey character with extremely interesting shades to it but not a complete villain. Brad Bird is directing MI4."
Along with Anil Kapoor and Tom Cruise, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Michael Nykvist, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg are also said to be starring in the film.
The source said, "Anil got the confirmation this week that he's starring in MI4. Though his role is a tight secret at this point of time, it's an important one nonetheless.
MI4 adds another international feather to Anil's cap after he landed a role in Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire followed by US TV series 24, one of the most watched television series in USA.
Now, after MI4, Anil becomes India's biggest export to Hollywood."
Anil Kapoor said: "At this point of time, I can only say that I have been contacted for Mission Impossible 4 and I have said yes to the role."
Sources said that the actor has been asked to be tight-lipped about the role by the Hollywood studio.