What Kiefer Sutherland Says of '24' Revival Without Jack Bauer?

The original '24' star thinks the new series will be 'be pretty extraordinary,' because 'the real star of '24' is the idea.'

AceShowbiz - Kiefer Sutherland has weighed in on the recently announced "24" revival that will not bring back his character Jack Bauer. Speaking in a recent Q&A with TIFF's Cameron Bailey, he's very supportive of the upcoming project and thought that it's going to work.

"I have said from the beginning that the real star of '24' is the idea," he explained, "And I mean that wholeheartedly." Sutherland went on praising the writers, "For me, and you have to understand for the writers, to write for the same character in that format for nine years, I would have told you was impossible... but they managed to do it."

"Whether we end up working together on it or not, I'll be one of the first people who can't wait to see it. I have every faith they'll do something cool and clever," he added. "I think the freedom that they are going to have for creating new characters but keeping the same formula is going to be pretty extraordinary."

Currently titled "24: Legacy", the new series will center on Eric Carter, who will likely be played by an African-American, Latino or another non Caucasian actor. "There's also a female co-lead who is a former head of CTU," Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour last week.

Asked whether some of the original characters could return, she said, "Never say never, but right now not." She went on sharing, "There's a time jump. This is a new organization. It's a new CTU, a new cast of characters. It's a completely different stories in terms of this special ops group we're focusing on. It's a very contemporary story about the potential to activate sleeper cells in the United States and radicalize Americans. There are nods in the pilot to prior CTU agents. There are a couple photos that will feel reminiscent of the original but no ongoing characters."

Howard Gordon, Manny Coto and Evan Katz, who produced the original series, return as executive producers for the reboot.

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