When ER's season finale aired in April, I wrote about how many of its cast members had either gone on to movie careers (hello, George Clooney) or had actually started out in film before scrubbing in at County General (hello, Anthony Edwards). Back in January, I did a similar piece about my favorite show, Lost, even though its run hasn't come to an end just yet (eighteen precious hours are left beginning in early 2010). There have since been several updates on Oceanic Flight 815 survivors and other Craphole Island inhabitants invading Hollywood, so here's the latest for you (and I'm not going to say who's no longer be on the show out of respect for those who are catching up on DVD):
Maggie Grace (Shannon): She played Liam Neeson's kidnapped daughter in the surprise hit Taken, and last night news broke that she's in negotiations to join Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in James Mangold's (Walk the Line) as-of-yet-untitled thriller (though Wichita is being thrown around), in which Diaz plays an unlucky-in-love single woman who goes on a blind date with Cruise… who just so happens to be a super-spy. Grace will play Diaz's younger sister. On a non-Lost-related note, can anyone else not see Diaz and Cruise as a couple? Anywhooo, Maggie just finished production on The Experiment with Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker and Twilight baddie Cam Gigandet, and will soon be filming the indie Flying Lessons. Busy, busy! But I don't think she's complaining. She'll let her Lost character Shannon do all the complaining.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko): Adewale had been in The Mummy Returns, The Bourne Identity and several other not as well-known films before heading to Lost's mysterious island to play the even more mysterious Mr. Eko. Most recently he can be found in G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra as "Heavy Duty."
Evangeline Lilly (Kate): I wrote about her foreign film Afterwards in January, but I highly doubt anyone out there was able to find that one at a theater in the U.S. But I know that a lot of you caught The Hurt Locker (which I still need to see, dammit!), in which she had a few minutes of screen-time as Jeremy Renner's wife.
Emilie de Ravin (Claire): She was taken hostage by Johnny Depp in Public Enemies… and then got to hang out all summer with Robert Pattinson while shooting Remember Me in New York City. Emilie, watch your back, you are Public Enemy #1 as far as legions of women are concerned! (In a move that should offend no one, she's going to also voice an animated character in Zack Snyder's take on the children's book series Guardians of Ga'Hoole. Oh, wait. My man Jim Sturgess is also in that cast. Grrrr, Emilie. I want to be you.)
Matthew Fox (Jack): Though he hasn't been on the big screen since 2008's Speed Racer and Vantage Point, Fox will be playing the lead in the adaptation of the Oni Press comic Billy Smoke, which centers around a hit man who realizes he needs to redeem himself by offing all of his fellow assassins.
Rodrigo Santoro (Paulo): Although his character on Lost is almost universally despised, Santoro's been successful on film in Love Actually and as bad guy Xerxes I in 300. Currently he's in theaters in the comedy Post Grad.
Kevin Durand (Keamy): Durand (as well as fellow Lost castmate and LOTR alum, Dominic Monaghan (Charlie)) appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (yep, that's him as The Blob), and will next been seen as the archangel Gabriel in the bizarre-looking Legion, which we talked about last week. He also won the role of Little John in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. Can you picture him as Little John? Because he's really not that little…
Finally, although my favorite Lost actor, Terry O'Quinn (Locke) (whom I met in Oahu last year), isn't in any upcoming movies, a remake of his 1987 film The Stepfather — which Locke and James tell me is actually a very decent thriller — is due out this October. Apparently Terry was approached to reprise his role as the evil main character but politely declined. Hey, if I was filming the best show on earth in Hawaii, so would I.