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Corey Hawkins delivered one of 2014’s stellar acting performances that got ignored by the Oscars  by way of his role as Dr. Dre in the Straight Outta Compton biopic. With his star on the rise, Hawkins has been cast as the male lead in the upcoming 24: Legacy series.

Deadline writes:

After lengthy on-and-off negotiations, Corey Hawkins has signed on as the male lead in 24: Legacy, Fox’s pilot that reboots the 24 franchise with brand new characters, led by Eric Carter (Hawkins). The character, who succeeds Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer as the hero on the show, was conceived as written as African American. Sutherland is not reprising his role and is not creatively involved in the project at this time.

24: Legacy, written by 24 veterans Manny Coto and Evan Katz and directed by Stephen Hopkins (who helmed the original 24 pilot), centers on military hero Eric Carter (Hawkins) and chronicles his return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back – compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil. Coming from a very rough background, Carter turned his life around in the Army Rangers but now, back home in Virginia with his wife Nicole, he’s pulled back into action as his past comes looking for him.

Congrats to Corey Hawkins and his new role!

Photo: WENN

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