With more than a month of episodes remaining in its seventh season, FOX's "24" has already begun casting for its eighth cycle.

The network announced on Friday (April 3) that Indian actor Anil Kapoor has signed on to be a series regular for "24" Day Eight

Kapoor will play a Middle Eastern leader who comes to the United States on a peacemaking mission. 

Series star Kiefer Sutherland, whose Jack Bauer is currently fighting off exposure to a deadly biological weapon, has said that production on Season Eight will begin in May. Remarkably, this casting seems to imply that the show's writers already have at least a vague idea of what Season Eight will entail.

Season Seven of "24" will have its two-hour finale on May 18.

One of Bollywood's biggest icons, Kapoor is best known to America audiences as game show host Prem Kumar in the Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire." As part of that film's ensemble cast, Kapoor received a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Kapoor has also won five Filmfare Awards, which IMDB tells us are India's Oscar equivalent, taking prizes for "Pukar," "Taal," "Virasat," "Beta," "Tezaab Is Acid" and "Mashaal."



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A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.