All eyes are on Corey Hawkins, the new star of the 24 spinoff series, 24: Legacy.

Critics and fans are dying to see if he can fill in the big shoes of Kiefer Sutherland, who famously played Jack Bauer in the original series for eight seasons. The 12-episode 24: Legacy begins with protagonist Eric Carter (Hawkins) who has just returned to the United States after leading a mission to kill terrorist leader Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid.

Carter seeks help from the Counter Terrorism Unit when he and his team are hunted down by Sheik Ibrahim’s men. “All I have to do is walk in Eric Carter’s shoes – I don’t have to step up and be Jack Bauer. There’s no pressure to do that,” Hawkins told The Hollywood Reporter.

The 28-year-old actor rose to prominence in 2015 when he played rapper Dr Dre in the biopic Straight Outta Compton besides starring in The Walking Dead. “What everyone loved about 24 is still there – the clock, the tick, the lean-in factor, the pacing. You can sit back and watch it, but you’re also engaged in the (controversy) of it all,” he said.

24: Legacy airs every Tuesday at 9.05pm on Fox (Astro Ch 724).