Jimmy Smits Cast in Fox’s ’24: Legacy’

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Jimmy Smits at the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ final season premiere (Photo by Frank Micelotta /PictureGroup/FX)

Fox confirmed Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy) will be starring in 24: Legacy‘s pilot. Smits joins previously announced cast members Miranda Otto (Homeland), Teddy Sears (The Flash), and Corey Hawkins (The Walking Dead) in the dramatic spin-off of 24. The new event series comes from executive producers Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Evan Katz, and Manny Coto, with Stephen Hopkins on board to direct the pilot.

According to Fox’s announcement, Smits is playing a character named John Donovan. Donovan’s described as “a powerful U.S. Senator with higher political aspirations, who is married to the blazing smart former head of CTU (Miranda Otto).”

The Plot: The pilot will feature an all-new cast of characters and retain the real-time, pulse-pounding, fast-paced format with split screens and complex interweaving storylines, with each episode representing one hour of an eventful day. The project will revolve around a military hero’s 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.