It’s been more than four years since the heroic Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) graced our television screens, and despite rumours of a 24 movie fizzling out, the iconic TV character will return this spring with 24: Live Another Day, a 12-episode series set in London that has everyone’s favourite counter-terrorism agent trying to prevent an assassination on the American president. Well, perhaps not everyone’s favourite agent, since some of the supporting characters shown in the trailer (a CIA head played by Benjamin Bratt and Tate Donovan’s White House Chief of Staff), believe that Bauer is a traitor to his country and a threat to national and British security.
Tense and taut, this new teaser runs just 30 seconds but should generate enough excitement to get some of the show’s fans who abandoned it in later seasons to at least give it a watch this May. When Jack Bauer tells Chloe that if the president is abducted in London, World War III may begin, you certainly have my attention.
Since 24: Live Another Day is a 12-episode affair, it will not abide wholeheartedly to the iconic real-time format that the series pioneered. Each episode will still take place over an hour of real time, but there will be time jumps between certain episodes.
24: Live Another Day reunites Sutherland with Mary Lynn Rajskub, who returns as the cunning systems analyst Chloe O’Brien. Familiar faces also returning include Kim Raver as Jack’s past flame, Audrey Raines, and William Devane as President James Heller. Joining the cast is Michael Wincott, Attack the Block‘s John Boyega, Game of Thrones‘ Michelle Fairley and none other (and who better?) than Stephen Fry as the British Prime Minister, Trevor Davies.
Get ready for more action, mayhem and of course, Kiefer Sutherland yelling “Dammit, Chloe!!” multiple times an episode on Monday, May 5th, when 24: Live Another Day airs with a two-hour premiere.