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When you think badass Marine turned fearless counter terrorist brawler, you of course think Freddie Prinze Jr. Right? Well the folks casting 24’s eighth season do, and they’ve just cast the former “She’s All That” star as a “recently returned ex-Marine” who is now a member of the show’s newly reconstituted CTU. Prinze will be a regular on the show, playing a character name David Cole, head of Field Ops for CTU who, according to THR, is looking to follow in the footsteps of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). Which means, of course, lots of rules breaking, torturing, and romances with soon-to-be-dead women.
Prinze Jr. joins a group of new faces on the show that includes “Slumdog Millionaire’s” Anil Kapoor as a visiting Middle East leader, Chris Diamantopoulos as the female president’s new chief of staff, John Boyd as a CTU systems analyst, and Jennifer Westfeldt as a journalist with ties to Kapoor’s character.
Actually, Prinze Jr. has already played one secret agent in the movies. He played an undercover fed in the comedy “Head Over Heels”, which reeked. In any case, Prinze Jr. as a CTU badass isn’t that big of a stretch. After all, the show turned Rick Shroder into a pretty credible CTU agent, I’m sure they can do the same for Prinze Jr. And if not, oh well, it’ll be kinda funny.
The show has commenced production on Season 8 earlier this week.
Below: Watch out, terrorists, here comes the guy from “Summer Catch”!