Sutherland, who portrayed original counter-terrorism ace Jack Bauer on TV from 2001 to 2010, previously admitted he had no desire to reprise his action role following 2014's event series, 24: Live Another Day, and now TV bosses have turned to Hawkins, 27, to star.

The new show reboot, tentatively titled 24: Legacy, will follow the fortunes of military hero Eric Carter, who helps prevent one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.

Hawkins, a graduate of top New York performing arts institution Juilliard School, played a young Dr. Dre in the hit N.W.A. biopic.

Further casting details for the project, which is set to begin shooting later this year (16), have yet to be announced.