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‘Captain Phillips’ Star Barkhad Abdi Lands on ‘Hawaii Five-0’

The actor will guest star on an episode of the CBS cop show airing next year

Barkhad Abdi is heading to the beach.

The “Captain Phillips” star will guest star on an episode of CBS’s “Hawaii 5-0” airing in the new year, a show representative told TheWrap.

Abdi will play a Congolese warlord, one of the world’s most wanted men. Believed to have been killed in a 2011 bombing by the Zaire Air Force, the criminal is actually alive and living the life of a local cab driver in Hawaii.

“He plays basically Kony, that African warlord who was in the news a few years ago,” executive producer Peter Lenkov told EW, which broke the casting news.

“And our guys end up confronting him,” the producer continues. “It’s a big, big episode. We were so lucky to get him, and we wrote it with him in mind. We were able to get him to the island and that was a big coup for us.”

The role represents the Oscar-nominated actor’s first for television. In addition to “Captain Phillips,” he currently has two films in the pipeline: Gavin Hood‘s thriller “Eye in the Sky” starring Aaron Paul and Phil Volken’s crime drama “Extortion.”

SMS Talent represents Abdi.