Ryan Phillippe Heading to Damages

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Actor Ryan Phillippe attends the 10th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball on June 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) Photo: Frederick M. Brown/2011 Getty Images

Ryan Phillippe will be a major character on the fifth season of Damages, reports TVLine, though it's not clear yet who exactly he'll play. Will he be a surly foe for Patty? A smooch-buddy for Ellen? A criminal? A lawyer? All of the above? Given how the show works, one thing at least is certain: He will not be who he seems! Next season will be Damages' last and will include "a big showdown" between Patty and Ellen, according to the show's producers. Whose side are you on, Ryan Phillippe? Whose side are you on? (Team Patty.) Update: He's playing the Damages version of Julian Assange. It's better than we could have even dreamed. [TVLine]