Indian American actor Kal Penn, star of the film Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, has joined the cast of Fox TV's popular series "24".
Penn will star in a recurring role as a villain in the sixth season of the series, which starts in January 2007.
He will play a guy who is somehow involved with the Islamic guru running the neighbourhood mosque and might be the key to a terrorist plot.
First aired in November 2001, "24" covers the events of a 24-hour period in the life of federal agent Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland, as he tries to prevent one or more domestic terrorist attacks, set largely in Los Angeles.
Born of Indian ancestry in Montclair, New Jersey, Penn is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles, where he double majored in film and sociology.
Penn's feature film debut came in 1998 in "Express: Aisle to Glory".
Penn, along with John Cho, toplined New Line Cinema's 2004 comedy "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and is attached to the upcoming sequel, "Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam".
Penn, whose most recent credits include the feature Superman Returns and ABC's untitled Danny Comden comedy pilot, next stars in the feature comedy Van Wilder 2: Rise of the Taj, a sequel to the 2002 film Van Wilder film centred on Penn's character Taj.