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June 14, 2011 at 11:20 PM EDT

In the year since Lost, Matthew Fox has understandably opted mostly to take a break from any big projects. He starred in a London production of Neil LaBute’s new play In a Forest, Dark and Deep opposite Olivia Williams. To judge by the picture on the left, he apparently decided to grow himself a Brad Pitt leisure-beard. But now the actor is kick-starting the next phase of his career. Along with signing onto the Tyler Perry-starring reboot of the Alex Cross franchise (in which he’ll play a villain), EW has confirmed that Fox is currently in talks to take a role in World War Z, the adaptation of the Max Brooks zombie-novel sensation (which is set to star Brad Pitt, thus proving the existence of the Hollywood Beard Mafia).

Fox has achieved enviable success on television, with two iconic roles spread across two decades — Charlie Salinger on Party of Five, then Jack on Lost — but success on the big screen has generally eluded him, with supporting roles in middling movies like We Are Marshall and Vantage Point. (He was fortunate enough to be wearing a mask for most of Speed Racer.) Both of these films seem like smart choices for the actor — and they’re also very different material from the melancholy-heroic tone he usually struck on Lost.

PopWatchers, do you think Fox is making the right post-Lost moves? Do you think he should be angling for more leading-man roles, or is he a better supporting player?

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