Straight outta Compton … and straight into CTU: Fox today announced that Corey Hawkins, who played Dr. Dre in the Oscar-nominated film, has been cast as the lead in the pilot for the network’s planned 24 sequel series, 24: Legacy. Hawkins won’t be playing Jack Bauer — instead he’ll take the role of Eric Carter, an Army veteran “from a very rough background” who is “pulled back into action as his past comes looking for him.” Sounds masculine! Hawkins is the first of a brand-new cast for 24: Legacy, but the network has said that if the pilot goes to series, characters from the original may pop up eventually. As Fox’s Gary Newman (not him) told reporters at the TCA tour, the role was planned from the start for a “diverse actor,” which is maybe not the best way of saying that, but okay.
Corey Hawkins. Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images