Last week we told you that Fox is planning to reboot hit series 24 with an African-American lead — and now the series has found their new
Straight Outta Compton‘s Corey Hawkins will take on the role of Eric Carter, an entirely NEW character who replaces Jack Bauer in 24: Legacy.
“Strong and smart, Eric came from a very rough background and turned his life around in the Army Rangers,” reads the official description. “Now back home in Virginia with his wife Nicole, he’s pulled back into action as his past comes looking for him.” Carter will join forces with the Counter Terrorist Unit to try and prevent an attack on American soil.
None of the original 24 cast is expected to appear in the new version, which Fox ordered to pilot earlier this month. Unlike the first version of the series, where Jack Bauer (Sutherland) was basically a lone wolf protagonist for nine seasons, the new 24 also has strong features a female co-lead role (not yet cast). If given a series order, 24: Legacy will also play looser with the original show’s distinctive “real time” format, with a 12-episode order instead of 24 episodes.
Congrats to Corey!