EXCLUSIVE: It’s no secret that 24 is making a comeback in the form of a 12 episode limited event series titled Live Another Day.
Production on the series gets underway this Sunday in London (the images floating around the net of Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub shooting on the streets of London were from footage being filmed for a promo rather than the series proper, per director Jon Cassar). Given the way season eight ended, the UK’s recently instituted high-end television tax relief program and the desire to make this comeback an “international series”, shooting in London made a lot of sense, but it also presents a unique opportunity for UK actors.
With the series being set and produced in London (I hear that sets have been constructed in the Gillette Building in West London), there were plenty of roles up for grabs for up and coming UK actors. “This is a great platform for our clients”, one agent who asked not to be identified told me earlier this month. “[24: Live Another Day] provides the level of exposure one could have only gotten by putting in time in Los Angeles, going through the rigors of that system.”
That’s certainly true. Rumour has it that a number of up and comers have auditioned for guest parts on the series. One such up and comer is Charles Furness. The actor, who trained with the National Youth Theatre, had a good year in 2013 with a number of key roles, including BBC’s The Whale, where he worked alongside Martin Sheen and Jonas Armstrong; and a stint on the BBC’s upcoming three-parter Jamaica Inn. But 2014 is shaping up even better, with the young actor having landed what is being described as a “small guest part” on Live Another Day. He will play Peter, an elite young hacker and member of a hacktivist organization based in Britain
And it’s not only up and comers that are seeing an opportunity to star in a hit US series without having to compete in the rat race that is pilot season. Word has been floating around for the past few weeks that the production was looking for an established UK actor to play the role of the British Prime Minister, a beefy part by all accounts, who will have a number of scenes with William Devane’s President Heller. To give an idea of the direction the producers are going, one of the names floating has been Tony Head, but sources assure me that the Buffy alum is not attached to the project, as he is committed to Syfy’s Dominion. As to who will play the PM, only time will tell.