Film, TV & Stage

Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins lands lead role in 24 reboot

LEADING ROLE: Corey Hawkins

LEADING ROLE: Corey Hawkins

THE STAR of box office hit, Straight Outta Compton, has landed the leading not role in the reboot of the iconic action series, 24.

Corey Hawkins, who played the character of music mogul Dr Dre in the NWA biopic, will take over from the previous series star Kiefer Sutherland.

The 27-year-old will play an entirely new character named Eric Carter in 24: Legacy, described as a “strong and smart” character who comes “from a very rough background and [has] turned his life around in the Army Rangers”.

Carter will join forces with the Counter Terrorist Unit to try and prevent an attack on American soil.

None of the original 24 cast is expected to appear in the new version, which Fox ordered to pilot earlier this month.

On casting the role, Fox Television chairman and CEO Dana Walden and Gary Newman said they sought out a diverse actor for the leading role.

“We wanted [the star] to be as different from Jack Bauer as possible, whether that’s an African-American or a Latino actor,” Walden said.

Newman added: “As envisioned, the lead character would be diverse, so that will be our first effort in casting. As always, we’re going to cast the best actor we can find for the role.”

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