Back in January, Fox announced a new 24 reboot, which would later be titled 24: Legacy. But the network made it clear right from the beginning that the iconic Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland in the original series, would not return. The series has already cast Corey Antonio Hawkins as the lead character, Eric Carter, with Miranda Otto and Ashley Thomas also set to star. Rolling Stone recently spoke with Kiefer Sutherland, who reveals he signed on as an executive producer on 24: Legacy, while teasing that Jack Bauer may in fact return. Here's what he had to say, noting that he's never again claiming to be "done" with the character.
"I've said that twice and have been wrong, so I won't say that again. It's a phenomenal script. I think it's going to be incredibly liberating for the writers to not have to figure out one more bad day for Jack Bauer. They get to write for new characters. And Bauer's still out there, so you never know what's going to happen."
The story centers on Eric Carter, described as "tough and smart," coming from a rough neighborhood before turning his life around and joining the Army Rangers. When the series begins, Eric is back home in Virginia with his wife Nicole (Anna Diop), when he is pulled back into action as his past catches up with him. Our report from January revealed that he asks the CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.
Miranda Otto plays the female lead, Rebecca Ingram, the former head of the CTU who is said to be having second thoughts about leaving the counter-terrorist unit. She is now married to Senator John Donovan, who will be played by Jimmy Smits. Ashley Thomas is playing Eric's older brother Isaac, who has not been on good terms with Eric for years after he married Nicole, his ex-girlfriend.
The cast also includes Teddy Sears and Dan Bucatinsky, but no details have been given for their characters quite yet. Kiefer Sutherland will produce alongside Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24), Manny Coto (24) and Evan Katz (24), with production expected to begin soon. Do you think Kiefer Sutherland will be back as Jack Bauer in 24: Legacy?