Fox is bringing back a major character for 24: Legacy.
Carlos Bernard, who played CTU’s Tony Almeida on the original 24 series, has signed on to reprise the role in the 12 episode spin-off series, it was announced today at New York Comic Con.
The Tony Almeida character first appeared in the first season of 24 as something of a workplace foe to Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), but soon become a close work ally. He was killed off in season five only to make a comeback in season seven as an apparent terrorist.
Carlos Bernard’s last on-screen appearance on 24 as was in the Live Another Day coda 24: Solitary, which saw Tony Almeida working on a plan to break out of federal prison. He is the first original cast member to be confirmed to be reprising their role on the spin-off, after the producers and original series star Kiefer Sutherland stated that Jack Bauer would not make an appearance (at least in the first season).
24: Legacy tells the story of US Army Ranger Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins), who six months ago led the squad that killed Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid. In the aftermath a fatwah against the squad and their families, forcing them into the federal witness protection program. But when Carter is nearly killed it becomes clear that his identity has been compromised and he must reach out to CTU for help; kick-staring an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil.
24: Legacy hails from original series executive producers Manny Coto and Evan Katz and is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Imagine Television, Teakwood Lane, Rego Park Film and Television and Borderland Entertainment. In addition to Corey Hawkins and Carlos Bernard, the cast also includes Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits, Teddy Sears, Dan Bucatinsky, Anna Diop. Ashley Thomas, Charlie Hofheimer, Coral Peña, Sheila Vand and Veronica Cartwright. Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Stephen Hopkins, Robert Cochran, Jon Cassar and Kiefer Sutherland serve as executive producers.