Corey Hawkins, who made a name for himself in the critically-acclaimed Straight Outta Compton, has been tapped to star in the 24: Legacy pilot.

Corey Hawkins In ’24: Legacy’

Hawkins, 27, will star in the 24 revival series in the leading role of Eric Carter, reported Variety. According to the character bio, Eric rose from a tough background to become an Army Ranger. After serving abroad, he’s content to settle into domestic life with his wife – but he soon gets pulled into action after asking CTU to save his life.

Eric will ultimately step into the role vacated by Jack Bauer, who was played by Kiefer Sutherland. It isn’t expected that Sutherland will be reprising the role in the spinoff series. A female co-lead for Hawkins in 24: Legacy is currently in the process of being cast.

24 veterans Manny Coto and Evan Katz wrote the 24: Legacy pilot, while Stephen Hopkins, who helmed the 24 pilot, is directing, reported Deadline.

Hawkins had his big break last year in F. Gary Gray‘s Straight Outta Compton. In the film, which follows the creation of hip-hop group NWA in the mid-80s, Hawkins played rap mogul Dr. Dre. The cast of relative unknowns also featured O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E.

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