In a definite nod to diversity, Corey Hawkins, best known for his role as “Dr. Dre” in “Straight Outta Compton” has been cast as “Jack Bauer” in the FOX reboot of “24”.
Kiefer Sutherland played the Counterterrorism agent for 9 seasons between 2001 to 2014. At nearly 50-years-old, Sutherland simply wasn’t interested in returning to the action series for season 10.
FOX has since decided to completely revamp the show with Hawkins, 27, as the lead. Here are the details about the new plot from Entertainment Weekly:
“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.
According to his IMDB page, Hawkins is also attached to the action/adventure film, “Kong: Skull Island” about the origins of King Kong which will also star Samuel L. Jackson.
Congrats Corey! While you and your Straight Outta Compton cast mates may have been snubbed for Oscars, your talent hasn’t gone unnoticed and you’re definitely a rising star in Hollywood!
PS: Is it just us or does Corey give you “James Bond realness” in his suit and tie? WE KNOW Idris Elbawas supposed to be the next Bond but we think Corey should also be considered for the part!