'Lost' exclusive: The second half of season 5's new mystery duo

Saidtaghmaoui_lHungry for an appetizer of Lost scoop as you impatiently starve for the start of season 5, which bows in early ’09? Then feast on this: Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof tell EW they’ve just completed casting of two major new characters joining their saga next year. Last week, Michael Ausiello reported the addition of New Amsterdam alum Zuleikha Robinson. This week, we’d like to introduce you to Saïd Taghmaoui, a French thesp most recently seen in the Don Cheadle thriller Traitor. He’ll play Caesar, a mystery man who…um…well, that’s all we got. But the producers say the actor’s skill set fits the part. “He has an innate intelligence, intensity, and danger we really responded to,” says Lindelof, who declined to specify whether Caesar is good or bad. However, Cuse teases that the character will be playing “an important part of the setup for the final act of the show in season 6.” He also confirms that Robinson’s Ilana is associated with Caesar, and likens her to Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. “There was something very unsettling about the way the Joker kept telling different stories about his background — something very similar to what we had planned for Ilana,” he says.

Look for a delayed introduction for the duo, beginning with an intriguing setup followed by a gradual increase in screen time that won’t detract from established faves, much like how season 4’s newbies, the Freighter Folk (Jeremy Davies, Rebecca Mader, Ken Leung, Jeff Fahey), were worked into the mix. (The producers say we’ll be seeing more of the FF next year, too — even Fahey, last seen escaping the Island with the Oceanic 6).

FYI: Zuleikha rhymes with You-Like-A, while Saïd sounds just like Lost’s own Sayid. In fact, Taghmaoui also played — get this — the Iraqi soldier who tortured Mark Wahlberg in Three Kings. Should theorists be looking for hidden meaning in this seemingly coincidental linkage? “No,” says Lindelof. “Just…no.” Oh, okay. But how about the theory that Smokey is…[Click] Hello? Hello?!

Look for a delayed introduction for the duo, beginning with an intriguing setup followed by a gradual increase in screen time that won’t detract from established faves, much like how season 4’s newbies, the Freighter Folk (Jeremy Davies, Rebecca Mader, Ken Leung, Jeff Fahey), were worked into the mix. (The producers say we’ll be seeing more of the FF next year, too — even Fahey, last seen escaping the Island with the Oceanic 6).

FYI: Zuleikha rhymes with You-Like-A, while Saïd sounds just like Lost’s own Sayid. In fact, Taghmaoui also played — get this — the Iraqi soldier who tortured Mark Wahlberg in Three Kings. Should theorists be looking for hidden meaning in this seemingly coincidental linkage? “No,” says Lindelof. “Just…no.” Oh, okay. But how about the theory that Smokey is…[Click] Hello? Hello?!

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  • DS3M

    Oh, giggity,
    He looks creepy good.

  • Genie

    I’d rather have more answers than more mysteries.

  • mark in nyc

    I’d rather have more mysteries then answers

  • mcshan

    cant wait for lost

  • Jennifer

    Come on 2009!!

  • Ralph

    I can’t wait for Lost to come back on the air…TV is SOOOO boring without it…

  • BC

    He was awesome in Three Kings. Nice casting.

  • locolukah

    Yes! Fahey is back next season, best news yet :D

  • SueZeeQzee

    He looks sort of like Jack

  • Shasta

    Fringe was pretty lame last night. Made me miss Lost even more!!

  • Eddie

    “But how about the theory that Smokey is…[Click] Hello? Hello?!”
    TOO FUNNY!!!

  • Eddie

    “But how about the theory that Smokey is…[Click] Hello? Hello?!”
    TOO FUNNY!!!

  • Donna

    Please I need LOST back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michael Martinello

    Sawyer dies this season… I’m calling it from now.

  • Bonnie

    Aw, Doc, we missed you. More theories please! :)

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