Jimmy Smits to Star in '24: Legacy' for Fox

The 'Sons of Anarchy' grad is currently in production on Netflix's Baz Luhrmann hip-hop drama 'The Get Down.'
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Jimmy Smits has booked his next leading role.

The Emmy and Golden Globe winner — and Sons of Anarchy alum — has been tapped to play a major role in Fox's 24: Legacy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The new take features an all-new cast of characters and will be structured in the same style of the original series. 24: Legacy revolves around a military hero's (Straight Outta Compton's Corey Hawkins) 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. Otto will star as Rebecca Ingram, the blazingly smart former head of CTU. Now married to Sen. John Donovan, she struggles with second thoughts about having left the counter-terrorism agency.

Smits, who was juggling multiple pilot offers this season, will star as John Donovan, a senator running for president who is looking forward to having his wife, Rebecca (Miranda Otto), by his side in his bid for the White House.

For Smits, the role comes as he's wrapping his one-year starring role on Baz Luhrmann's Netflix 1970s hip-hop drama. Smits' credits include three seasons of FX's Sons of Anarchy and his Golden Globe-winning part in NYPD Blue as well as Dexter and The West Wing. He's repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.

Manny Coto and Evan Katz will pen the script and executive produce 20th Century Fox Television's 24: Legacy alongside Teakwood Lane's Howard Gordon and Imagine TV's Brian Grazer. Stephen Hopkins will direct the pilot, which will film in mid-March in North Carolina. Teddy Sears co-stars.

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