A high-profile drama project that’s taking shape at Fox has added Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jimmy Smits in a key role. Fox announced today that Smits will play John Donovan in the pilot “24: Legacy.”
The project comes from 20th Century Fox Television, with Howard Gordon, Manny Coto, Evan Katz and Brian Grazer executive producing. The pilot will be directed by “24” veteran Stephen Hopkins.
Smits joins previously announced cast members Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto and Teddy Sears.
“Smits will portray ‘John Donovan,’ a powerful U.S. senator with higher political aspirations, who is married to the blazing smart former head of CTU (Miranda Otto),” Fox says in its announcement.
The release notes that Smits is coming off a successful run in the final three seasons of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” and is currently wrapping up a one-season commitment in Baz Luhrman’s “The Get Down.”