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Exclusive: Lost's Jacob Lands Breakout Role

This just in from the Lost afterlife: Jacob has morphed into Sayid!

Onetime island protector Mark Pellegrino has been cast as a trained assassin in A&E’s upcoming fugitive-themed drama Breakout Kings, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Pellegrino will guest star as Virgil Downing, a notorious international contract killer who always gets the job done. (Translation: He’s Sayid!) Although he’s suspected in at least-three dozen other killings, his only conviction was for murdering a police commissioner — six years prior to breaking out of his maximum-security cell.

Kings, which is being produced by former Prison Break execs Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora, is slated to premiere in mid-March. Pellegrino appears in the show’s 10th episode.