Somerhalder is best in 'Breed'

Thesp Ian Somerhalder — who last night “Lost” his gig playing the hot-headed castaway Boone — has sealed a one-year talent holding deal at ABC and Touchstone TV.

Deal likely helps take some of the sting out of seeing his character die on the hugely popular “Lost.” Series producers had promised that they would kill off one of the show’s major characters before the end of the season, and Somerhalder’s Boone was a goner after falling off the side of a cliff (inside a mysterious airplane) in last week’s episode.

Beyond the ABC/Touchstone deal — for a series next year — Somerhalder has also signed on to star in indie feature “The Breed.”

Somerhalder will play Matt, who winds up stranded with his brother on a mysterious island teeming with wild, ferociously intelligent dogs. Nick Mastandrea will direct from a script by Peter Wortmann and Bob Conte.

Beyond “Lost,” Somerhalder’s credits include the WB series “Young Americans” and “Smallville,” in which he recurred last season as Adam Knight.

In features, Somerhalder appeared in “Life as a House” and “In Enemy Hands.”

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