‘Straight Outta Compton’ actor cast as lead in ’24’ reboot series

Corey Hawkins will be joined in '24: Legacy' by a yet-to-be-announced female lead

Straight Outta Compton actor Corey Hawkins has been cast as the lead in Fox’s forthcoming reboot of 24.

Titled 24: Legacy, the new series will not feature Kiefer Sutherland, who said last year that the show “is definitely over now for me”.

Hawkins, who played Dr Dre in last year’s acclaimed N.W.A. biopic, will be joined in the reboot series by a yet-to-be-announced female lead. He will play Eric Carter, a military hero from a tough background who becomes involved in the CTU (Counter Terrorism Unit) when he returns to the US after serving his country abroad, Deadline has learned.

Fox chairman and CEO Dana Walden said of the new series earlier this month (January): “It’s a new CTU, a new cast of characters. It’s a completely different story in terms of the special ops groups that we’re focusing on.”

“It’s a very contemporary-feeling story about the potential to activate new sleeper cells in the United States and radicalising Americans,” Walden added. “It’s a whole new story. There are nods in the pilot to prior CTU agents, there are a couple photos that will feel reminiscent of the original, but no ongoing [return] characters.”

24 originally ran for eight seasons and 192 episodes between 2001 and 2010, and is considered the longest-running US espionage-themed TV drama ever having outlasted other iconic spy shows including The Avengers and Mission: Impossible.

A pilot episode for the new series is due to shoot shortly, with Stephen Hopkins, who directed the original 24 pilot in 2001, once again behind the camera.