‘Straight Outta Compton’ Star Corey Hawkins to Topline Fox’s ’24’ Spinoff

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Corey Hawkins will star in the pilot for “24: Legacy” — the “24” revival series in the works at Fox — Variety has learned.

The “Straight Outta Compton” alum has nabbed the leading role of Eric Carter in the pilot. As previously reported, the new “24” will not bring back Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer, so while Hawkins’ character is not a direct replacement, he will topline the potential series. (Sources tell Variety that while only a pilot has been ordered, “24: Legacy” is expected to land a 13-episode order.)

Described as strong and smart, Eric came from a very rough background and turned his life around in the Army Rangers. Now back home in Virginia with his wife Nicole (yet to be cast), he’s pulled back into action as his past comes looking for him.

Since his breakout role as Dr. Dre in “Straight Outta Compton,” Hawkins’ profile has been quickly rising. Few television projects are more hotly anticipated than the “24” reboot, and the project should surely shoot the actor into household name territory. Up next, Hawkins, who’s recurred in “The Walking Dead,” will star in the “King Kong” prequel film “Skull Island.”

The pilot order for “24: Legacy” was confirmed earlier this month at the Television Critics Association press tour, where Fox bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman said the leading man would be a diverse actor. Insiders tell Variety that Hawkins has been the star of choice for quite some time, but his deal just now closed.

“24: Legacy” will revolve around a military hero’s return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back — compelling him to ask the CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.

“24: Legacy” hails from 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television, in association with Teakwood Lane Productions. Original “24” producers Howard Gordon, Manny Coto, Evan Katz and Brian Grazer will return as exec producers.

Hawkins is repped by ICM Partners and Jackoway Tyerman.

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  1. I won’t be watching this. I barely watch any TV and its usually not on Fox.

    They might as well try brining back “Fast Lane” at this point.

  2. Oh shut up all you I don’t care about stupid Corey Hawkins he was unfit for black hero I want keifer Sutherland back right NOW if you don’t I’ll scream AHHH we cannot replace Sutherland on 24 that is the problem it just stupid rumors that all AHHH I want 24 episode on Fox now not one episode it will be too late the fan of keifer Sutherland will be upset this dana Walden fault she was one just stupid rumors that all

  3. Sorry to read about the changes. Loved 24, but Jack is what made it. Fox may want a more “diverse” show but its not something I have any interest in. Bring back Jack and I will take a look otherwise forget it.

  4. Dunstan says:

    This is a refreshing change and given the show’s previous success, will probably equal or outdo it. I look forward to this reboot unlike that of many other shows.

  5. sounds like a solid decision, a proven skilled Juilliard actor and America finally gets to see the black guy as the lead action hero on television for once. I hope 24: Legacy is just as successful as the original series.

  6. Kelly says:

    Boo, I thought you guys were going with a female lead this next go around, I.E. Yvonne Strahovski who was in the last one, primed for the take over…and you reverted back to going for the old boys club.No Jack , no Yvonne and I’m out

    • djpetemarriott says:

      I can’t see why they can’t have two 24 spinoffs and I agree Yvonne Strahovski is awesome in action roles, but I’m hoping she gets casted as Captain Marvel. It’s time for her to make the leap from television into major film roles.

  7. Joe says:

    I really liked it. I’m watching the next six. Bring back a property is difficult and usually goes badly but this is bulls eye stuff.

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