Big Screen Heavies Join Fox's 24

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With Fox’s 24 slated to return for its fifth season in January, the show is expanding its acting ranks with the addition of Julian Sands (A Room with a View), Peter Weller (Robo Cop) and Oscar-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist and The Big Chill).

When the new season launches over two nights from 8-10 p.m. Jan. 15 and 9-10 p.m. Jan. 16—its 100th episode—the British-born Sands will play billionaire bad guy Vladamir Bierko, while Peter Weller portrays Christopher Henderson, the federal agent who recruited Jack Bauer to counter-terrorism work more than a decade ago. Williams is Henderson’s wife, Miriam.

All three characters will come face-to-face with Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) in the new season, which picks up 18 months after the conclusion of season four. Bauer is presumed dead but is actually living a new life with Diane (Connie Britton) and her son Derek (Brady Corbet).