Almeida, played by Carlos Bernard, appeared in the original 24 series. The reboot stars Corey Hawkins as Eric Carter, a soldier who returns to the U.S. from the Middle East and finds himself trying to prevent a massive terrorist attack. The cast also includes Ashley Thomas, Miranda Otto, Teddy Sears, Anna Diop, Tiffany Hines, and Jimmy Smits.
Speaking to EW, Coto revealed Tony’s “dark past” will affect a new character:
Tony’s dark past comes back to haunt Rebecca (Otto) in some way. What’s fun about it is that it’s not just, ‘Hey, I’m Tony Almeida.’ There’s a previous relationship — not necessarily a romantic relationship — with one of our characters.”
The EP later added:
He seemed to be a character we hadn’t seen in a while and we thought at a certain point in the season — after the season had gotten its own legs and was off running — that it would be fun to bring in someone from the old seasons.
We think what’s going to attract people to this show is first, this fantastic actor [Hawkins], who is one our leads and Miranda Otto, and the story and plot, which kicks off like a rocket with this charismatic cast. Hopefully, Tony Almeida and whatever else we throw at it will be icing on the cake.”
24: Legacy premieres on FOX on February 5th after the Super Bowl.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the original 24 series? Will you watch the reboot?