Ok, Corey Hawkins is not the new Jack Bauer. But, I will call 24 ‘Jack Bauer’ more often than the show’s actual name. Who doesn’t love some Kiefer?

With Jack Bauer officially gone and Fox rebooting the franchise, a new lead – actually two are in store for us. The first has been cast, with Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins nabbing the male lead in 24: Legacy. He’ll need to practice his ‘damn it.’

Who is Corey Hawkins?

Besides playing Dr. Dre in Straight Outta Compton, the Juilliard-trained actor is enjoying the success the NWA biopic brought him. It may have been snubbed at the Oscars, but it certainly didn’t stop the phone from ringing.

In addition to the 24 reboot at Fox, he is set to star in the summer tentpole Kong: Skull Island alongside Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson. Add that to his role in AMC’s The Walking Dead and the man has a busy schedule in front of him.

The Juilliard training should bring something new to 24 which stalled in later seasons. In Straight Outta Compton he went through insane physical training to bulk up as Dr. Dre and spoke with the rapper/producer every day on the set to get the high-energy performances right.

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In 24: Legacy, Hawkins will succeed the role Kiefer Sutherland played independently. Playing a returning Army Ranger, he looks to the CTU when his enemies follow him home.

24 Legacy casting news

In a move that replicates the final season of Kiefer’s 24, the network is opting to compact the 24-hour day into 12 episodes. That’s a good thing. Too many times the older seasons of 24 would bog down with incoherent subplots and side stories. Keep the focus tight even if it means trimming episode count.

The move also allows the network to air the full slate without interruptions.

A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the show always kicked off in January. No reason to think it would deviate from the traditional schedule of being a mid-season premiere.

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