Next year, fans of the hit series 24 will be drawn back into the world of the CTU with 24: Legacy, but they won't be following the exploits of Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer. The series tracks U.S. Army Ranger Eric Carter, played by Straight Outta Compton star Corey Antonio Hawkins, as he works with the CTU to stop a new domestic terrorist threat. Kiefer Sutherland recently came aboard the series as executive producer, and there had been rumors that he would come back as Jack Bauer in a cameo appearance, but it seems that isn't in the cards after all.
A few months ago, producer Howard Gordon teased that Kiefer Sutherland "hasn't ruled out" returning as Jack Bauer at some point in time, whether it be the long-rumored 24 movie or an appearance in 24: Legacy. The producer later clarified that there weren't any plans in motion, and his statement reflected his own "personal fantasy" about the actor's return. Deadline caught up with Kiefer Sutherland after his TCA panel for the new ABC series Designated Survivor, which debuts this fall, when he definitively stated that Jack Bauer is not coming back.
"There are absolutely no plans for that."
24: Legacy will debut with a special two-night event on Sunday, February 5, following Super Bowl LI, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, February 6. The clock ticks again with 24: Legacy, the next evolution of the Emmy Award-winning 24. From Emmy Award-winning executive producer Howard Gordon ("Homeland," "24: Live Another Day"), Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning executive producer Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind," "24"), writers and executive producers Manny Coto and Evan Katz ("24," "24: Live Another Day"), director and executive producer Stephen Hopkins ("24") and executive producer and original series star Kiefer Sutherland, The 24 spinoff chronicles an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil - in the same real-time format that has propelled this genre-defining series. Six months ago in Yemen, an elite squad of U.S. Army Rangers, led by Sergeant Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins, "Straight Outta Compton"), killed terrorist leader Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid.
In the aftermath, Bin-Khalid's followers declared a fatwah against Carter, his squad and their families, forcing them into federal witness protection. But a recent attempt on Carter's own life makes it clear to him that his team is now exposed. To thwart further attacks, Carter enlists Rebecca Ingram (Miranda Otto, "Homeland"), who quarterbacked the raid that killed Bin-Khalid. She's a brilliant and ambitious intelligence officer who has stepped down from her post as National Director of CTU to support her husband, Senator John Donovan (Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jimmy Smits, "NYPD Blue," "The West Wing"), in his campaign for President of the United States.
Decades of sleepless nights and missed anniversaries landed her at the top. With the White House within their grasp, can she truly embrace a new role as First Lady? Or will her love of the action draw her back in? Together, in this fast-paced thrill ride, Carter and Ingram uncover a sophisticated terrorist network that will force them to ask: "Who can we trust?" As they battle Bin-Khalid's devotees, they are forced to confront their own identities, families and pasts. The supporting cast also includes Teddy Sears as Keith Mullins, Dan Bucatinsky as Andy Shalowitz, Anna Diop as Nicole Carter, Ashley Thomas as Isaac Carter, Charlie Hofheimer as Ben Grimes, Coral Pena as Mariana Stiles, Sheila Vand as Nilaa. Stay tuned for more on this highly-anticipated event series.