Josh Holloway is trading his years on an island for another impossible mission, this time with Tom Cruise. The Lost star has jumped from one J.J. Abrams world to another, signing on to join the Mission: Impossible team that’s reassembling under director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and producer Abrams.

The film marks Holloway’s first post-Lost role. He will join Cruise, Jeremy Renner (The Town), and Paula Patton (Precious), in addition to series regulars Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news this afternoon.

Details on the fourth iteration of this franchise are being kept under wraps, but production is expected to begin by the end of the year. The film is slated to bow Dec. 2011.