Fox's 24 will be returning in the fall and will kick off with a two-hour "prequel" to the upcoming seventh season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the prequel is designed to bridge the two-year gap between Seasons 6 and 7, and is targeted to air in the fall, leading to the January return of the real-time drama. On Wednesday, 24 producers began securing the show's core cast members for the film.

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24 was one of the biggest casualties of the writers strike. Three days into the work stoppage, Fox decided against airing a partial season of the serialized drama with the eight episodes produced before and during the first weeks of the strike.

Filming on the remaining episodes of the seventh season is slated to begin in April.