Universal Pictures And Legendary Pictures' Premiere Of "Straight Outta Compton" - ArrivalsUp and coming star Corey Hawkins, who already has a hit movie and hit TV series under his belt, just landed another high-profile gig: The lead in Fox's upcoming "24" reboot, "24: Legacy."

The network revealed Monday that Hawkins -- who played Dr. Dre in summer smash "Straight Outta Compton," and who has a recurring role as Alexandria supply runner Heath on AMC's "The Walking Dead" -- will play Eric Carter on "Legacy," a former Army Ranger whose past comes back to haunt him, who then seeks out the help of "24" agency CTU, the former home of Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland).

"There's a time jump, a new organization, a completely different story," said Fox co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden at the Television Critics Association press tour last week. "It's a contemporary story about the potential to activate sleeper cells in the United States. There are nods in the pilot to prior CTU agents, but no ongoing characters."

That means that Sutherland isn't expected to appear on the new series, though he may serve as an executive producer on the reboot alongside the original creators. Fox has only ordered a pilot so far, though if it's picked up, "Legacy" is planned as an event series with 12 episodes, similar to the run of the most recent "24" iteration, 2014's "24: Live Another Day."

[via: TVLine]

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