Ryan Phillippe

Ryan Phillippe has signed on for the fifth and final season of Damages, TVLine.com reports.

Phillippe will play a Julian Assange-esque character in the new season, which will pit Glenn Close's Patty Hewes against Rose Byrne's Ellen Parsons. In this case, his character will turn to Ellen for help.

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Phillippe, whose film roles include Crash, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Cruel Intentions, hasn't had a regular TV gig since his days as Billy Douglas on One Life to Live.

Damages is expected to premiere its final season next summer on DirecTV.