Katee Sackhoff to co-star on '24'

Actress cast as a regular in the drama's next season

Jack Bauer will be getting help from Starbuck next season.

In a casting straight out of fan central, Katee Sackhoff, best known for her role as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on "Battlestar Galactica," has been tapped to co-star on another series with a big fan following, Fox's "24."

Sackhoff will play Dana Walsh, a smart, competent, expert data analyst at CTU with a secret past who is involved with CTU agent Davis Cole (Freddie Prinze Jr.).

This marks the final major casting of a new regular for the 20th TV/Imagine TV series' upcoming eighth season, which is in production.

Sackhoff was close to committing to "24" a week ago, but with another lucrative offer from a cable network on the table, she took herself out of contention to mull her options.

She restarted her talks with 20th TV on Friday and was cast Monday on "24."

Sackhoff starts filming Wednesday on the series starring Kiefer Sutherland. She joins fellow new cast members Prinze, Jennifer Westfeldt, Mykelti Williamson, John Boyd and Chris Diamantopoulos.

Sackhoff most recently toplined NBC's pilot "Lost and Found."

She is managed by Bleu and also repped by attorney Darren Trattner.