“All I have to do is walk in Eric Carter’s shoes — I don’t have to step up and be Jack Bauer. There’s no pressure to do that,” the 28-year-old actor expressed at the premiere of 24: Legacy on Monday (January 30) at New York’s Spring Studios (via THR).
“What everyone loved about 24 is still there — the clock, the tick, the lean-in factor, the pacing,” Corey added. “You can sit back and watch it, but you’re also engaged in the [controversy] of it all. But at the same time, it’s also very personal to Eric, and that’s what happened last time: People fell in love with Jack. Kiefer is amazing — I’ve been a fan of his for years. He wanted me to allow the character to continue to surprise me.”
Fox is bringing 24 back without Kiefer Sutherland as the franchise star Jack Bauer, instead, 24: Legacy revolves around Corey Hawkins as Eric Carter – a young veteran of the War in Afghanistan who finds himself the target of a terrorist group.
Wile speaking at the 24: Legacy panel during the FOX portion of the 2017 Winter TCA Press Tour held at Langham Hotel on Wednesday (January 11) in Pasadena, the 28-year-old actor opened up about the cultural significance of his casting.
“The script happened to be amazing when I read it,” Corey added (Variety). “It lifted off the page, and my mind just started going with where you can take it and what it means in television to be a hero and look like I look. It’s not just about his skin color, it’s about his culture. It’s about where he grew up. It’s about what does it mean, what are the alliances growing in Washington, D.C. southeast, where I happen to personally have grown up.”
“My writing partner Manny Coto and I, we didn’t start out with that idea. We met on 24 and we were actually talking about an independent thriller idea. At some point, someone said, ‘this could be 24′,” Evan expressed at the panel (via Variety). “It really evolved. It was very difficult, at first, to figure out the right combination of characters and elements. But finally, we put everything in the right place.”
24: Legacy will premiere after the Super Bowl in February and it follows Army Ranger Eric Carter (Hawkins) as he is put into a federal protection program with his wife after a successful mission overseas with CTU, the counterintelligence unit of the original 24 series – Watch the brand new trailer below!
This Is Only The Beginning | Season 1 | ’24: LEGACY’
Corey Hawkins and Miranda Otto walk the press line for the Fox Action Showcase for their show 24: Legacy during2016 Comic-Con held at the San Diego Convention Center on Sunday (July 24) in San Diego, Calif.
“This is an expansion of the ’24’ universe, not a reboot – Jack and Chloe are still out there,” executive producer Manny Cotosaid during the panel. “This is a window into the ’24’ universe from a new perspective…You never know when those worlds might intersect.” Some fans are taking that to mean that Kiefer Sutherland could make a cameo!
When asked if he could come back, producers responded, “anything is possible…We felt like the London series with Kiefer was a momentary punctuation point for that character. Our plan right now is to tell this story, and I think all of us really want to finish that story, but we also love this new and exciting version of it.”
FYI: Corey is wearing a J Brand t-shirt and Call It Spring shoes. Miranda is wearing Black Halo.
The cast of the new Fox series 24: Legacy was joined by executive producers Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow to discuss the show.
Corey and Miranda both were in attendance at the Entertainment Weekly party later that night, as well as the Fox Fanfare Party the night before. Producer Evan Katz joined the stars at the Fox party as well.
24: Legacy will premiere after the Super Bowl in February and it follows Army Ranger Eric Carter as he is put into a federal protection program with his wife after a successful mission overseas with CTU, the counterintelligence unit of the original 24 series.
“You find him in a good place. He has his wife, he’s a civilian now,” Corey told USA Today about his character. “You’ve got this guy trying to adjust to what life is (now) and then the past comes back” as his mission colleagues and their families start to be killed.