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Corey Hawkins instantly won the hearts of moviegoers when he portrayed Dr. Dre in the highly acclaimed NWA biopic film, Straight Outta Compton. And now, Hawkins is heading to the small screen to do the same.

It was recently confirmed that Hawkins landed the male lead the reboot of the 24 franchise, 24: Legacy.  But while we are all just getting hip to the big news, Hawkins tells HipHollywood exclusively that it’s been in the words for a while. “The conversation started a while ago,” he told us at while at the SAG Awards.

He added, “I read the script and it’s amazing. I was interested in it and they wanted to work with me and I think we have some really exciting things in store.”

Hawkins will succeed Kiefer Sutherland’s role as lead protagonist, Jack Bauer.

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