Star Kiefer Sutherland is excited to shoot 24: Live Another Day in his native London. So why does he think fellow Londoners may hate him a bit by the time production wraps?
Yes, 24 fans, Jack is back.
24: Live Another Day restarts the clock on the seminal, award-winning FOX thriller when the show kicks off this May. Star Kiefer Sutherland is set to reprise his seminal role of now-exiled agent Jack Bauer.
This new series opens 4 years after the original 24 ends. A fugitive, Jack is pitted against his former ally Chloe, played by returning star Mary Lynn Rajskub. Plus, he is being hunted by CIA operative Kate Morgan, portrayed by Dexter and Chuck alum Yvonne Strahovski. Actors William Devane, Giles Matthey, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Michael Wincott and Judy Davis are also aboard.
Set in London, the new series begins production in the U.K. this month. London native Sutherland is excited about the fresh opportunities that shooting in his hometown presents. Beyond the visual rush of shooting with such significant landmarks as the Tower of London in the background, a broad shift in storytelling perspective awaits:
“Through almost every season we have followed as a backstory the President of the United States,” he said. “In this 12-hour arc we will be following the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of England, which will be a very interesting look into how those deals or how we perceive those deals to be done.”
“Many times, what we perceive as some kind of treaty is involving things that we know nothing about,” Sutherland continued. “We’re examining that in the course of the show.”
Excitement aside, Sutherland did express a little apprehension about working in London.
“Traffic there is very difficult. We plan to be shooting outside,” he noted. “Things will be blowing up, cars, double decker buses, things like that.”
“I’m sure we’ll be hated by a large portion of London for snarling up their traffic here and there and for that I apologize in advance.”
The special 2-hour premiere of 24: Live Another Day airs Monday, May 5 on FOX. Check your local listings.