LOS ANGELES, June 14 (UPI) -- Actor Jon Voight has signed on to play the newest villain to threaten the innocent in the popular action TV series "24," The Hollywood Reporter says.
The entertainment publication reported Friday the "Coming Home" star will play the mastermind of a terrorist threat "24" star Kiefer Sutherland's character will attempt to thwart in the series' seventh season.
A prequel for the newest season of the Fox series is being shot in South Africa and is to be aired Nov. 23. The seventh season, meanwhile, will officially start in January 2009.
The New York Daily News reported Saturday the role will mark Voight's first TV role since he appeared in "Gunsmoke," "N.Y.P.D." and "Cimarron Strip."
The newspaper said Voight will be joined in the upcoming season by new "24" cast members Janeane Garofalo, Annie Wersching, John Billingsley, Jeffrey Nordling and Rhys Coiro.