Freddie Prinze Jr. joins cast of 24: Is he the next Jack Bauer?

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Freddie Prinze Jr. is joining the cast of Fox's 24 as a regular, playing Davis Cole, a recently returned Marine who runs CTU Field Ops and wants to follow in Jack Bauer's (Kiefer Sutherland) footsteps, sources told The Hollywood Reporter.

On the real-time drama, whose upcoming eighth season started production Wednesday, Prinze joins fellow new cast additions Anil Kapoor, who plays a Middle East leader; Chris Diamantopoulos, as the president's new chief of staff; and John Boyd as a CTU systems analyst. All of them are regulars, while Jennifer Westfeldt has come aboard as a recurring cast member, playing a journalist.

Also cast as a recurring character on the 20th TV/Imagine series is Nazneen Contractor as Kapoor's daughter.