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Who wants to cast a Slumdog Millionaire star? 24 does.

Fox's hit drama has announced that Anil Kapoor, who played game show host Prem Kumar in the Oscar-winning indie, will join the cast for Season 8, which premieres in early 2010. Just last week, 24 star Kiefer Sutherland announced his plan to stick around for at least one more of Jack Bauer's very bad days.

In Season 8, Kapoor will play a Middle Eastern leader who comes to the U.S. on a peacemaking mission.

24's current "day" continues this Monday at 9 pm/ET, with the FBI engaging in a standoff against Starkwood's private military. The two-hour Season 7 finale is slated to air Monday, May 18.