Throw in another name to the cast of the eighth season of 24–and, this time, they’ve finally chosen a successor to Bill Buchanan.

Mykelti Williamson is set to join the award-winning action series as Brian Hastings, the new boss of a revived CTU.  His character is described as being an MBA graduate with a razor-sharp intellect.

Williamson recently held roles in the NBC series Boomtown, as Detective Bobby “Fearless” Smith, as well as a recurring role as the argumentative Brigham Sinclair in CSI: NY.  Obviously he’s no stranger to action roles, as evidenced in his previous work–from two decades back–in Hill Street Blues, The Fugitive and Kidnapped.  He also starred in films such as Free Willy, Forrest Gump, Con Air and August Rush.

He is the latest to join the cast of the show’s New York-based eighth season.  Freddie Prinze Jr. was recently cast as CTU field ops head and Jack Bauer-wannabe Davis Cole.  Chris Diamantoupolos is set to play new White House chief-of-staff Rob Weiss; John Boyd will play CTU analyst Jonas Schwartz; Jennifer Westfeldt will play ambitious journalist Meredith Reed; and Anil Kapoor will play Middle Eastern leader Arman Hashemi.

The new season, which still has Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Annie Wersching and Cherry Jones on board, will premiere on January 17 next year.

-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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Henrik Batallones

Staff Writer, BuddyTV