Actor will play British Prime Minister in spy franchise
Stephen Fry has joined the cast of 24, it has been revealed.
Fry, who recently starred in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, will play the fictional British Prime Minister Trevor Davies in the new series of the spy show. According to Deadline, he will go head-to-head with US President James Heller, played by William Devane, due to an international crisis.
The new 12-part instalment of the show will be titled 24: Live Another Day and is set in London. Kiefer Sutherland will reprise his role as Jack Bauer for the latest run of episodes, which is the first series since 2010 and will be broadcast in the UK on Sky One.
Speaking about the series, Sutherland said: “24 has always had such a global sensibility. But to be able to tell this intense 24-style story with the beauty of Europe’s history and architecture as the backdrop is going to be fascinating. Hopefully, by the time you’re finished watching an episode, you’ll feel like you’ve been there… on the edge of your seat.”
During its original run between 2001 and 2010, 24 was known for its innovative method of “real-time storytelling”, with each 24-episode season covering 24 hours in the life of Jack Bauer. Explaining previously how the new condensed series will be paced, showrunner Howard Gordon said: “We’re going to take advantage of the time. The story will be 12 hours over a day, but we’ll take advantage of the fact that we can go from seven o’clock to nine o’clock.”
24: Live Another Day will focus on Bauer’s escapades while he is being hunted by a CIA agent (Chuck’s Yvonne Strahovski). Previous cast members Mary Lynn Rajskub and Kim Raver are also all set to return