May 30, 2009

Actor Williamson signs up for ’24’ duty

Actor Mykelti Williamson has reportedly signed on to play an anti-terrorism official in the eighth season of the hit U.S. TV series 24.

The Hollywood Reporter reported Friday the actor, who played Private Benjamin Buford Bubba Blue in Forest Gump, will portray the head of the New York branch of the Counter Terrorist Unit.

The addition of Williamson to the 24 cast comes as the Fox series is retooling its cast for the upcoming season. Other new cast additions include Freddie Prinze Jr., John Boyd, Jennifer Westfeldt, Doug Hutchison and Chris Diamantopoulos.

The seventh season of 24 concluded May 18 with lead character Jack Bauer's life hanging in the balance.

The Reporter said Williamson's past TV credits include appearances on Boomtown and CSI: NY.