- The Washington Times - Friday, January 15, 2016

The producers for Fox’s “24” reboot are reportedly seeking a non-white actor to take over for longtime series star Kiefer Sutherland.

The new series “24: Legacy” will keep many of the hallmarks of the popular action series that launched in 2001 and ran for nine seasons on Fox, Entertainment Weekly reported.

The pilot will feature an all-new cast and original producers Howard Gordon, Manny Coto and Evan Katz will return to the show as executive producers.

Producers are specifically seeking a black actor for the role, but Fox Television chairman and CEO Dana Walden and Gary Newman suggested a Latino actor could be considered as well, EW reported.

“We wanted [the star] to be as different from Jack Bauer as possible, whether that’s an African-American or a Latino actor,” Ms. Walden said Friday at the Television Critics Association in California, EW reported. “There’s also a female co-lead who is a former head of CTU. It doesn’t feel like it is fully replicating the original in terms of how much Jack Bauer carried by himself, but it’s a very prominently featured lead.”

Mr. Newman added that filling the lead character would be the top casting priority.

“As always, we’re going to cast the best actor we can find for the role,” he said. “As you can imagine, bringing ‘24’ back, we want to really try to create some distinction and make this feel different than Jack Bauer’s ‘24,’ so having a diverse actor in that lead role I think would be helpful in doing that.”

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