Stephen Fry joins 24: Live Another Day

News Louisa Mellor 27 Jan 2014 - 07:14
Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry will be playing the British PM in 24's forthcoming return to television, Live Another Day...

From Lake Town to London Town, Stephen Fry is the latest casting announcement for the currently filming 24: Live Another Day series. Fry is to play the recurring role of Trevor Davies, British Prime Minister in the twelve-episode series.

The official blurb describes the character as "a strong and charismatic leader whose friendship with President Heller (William Devane), and the Anglo-American alliance itself, comes under tremendous pressure because of personal and political crises".

Take a look at the latest filming photographs for the series, featuring Jack Bauer and more London emblems than you could shake a Union Flag-decorated stick at, here.

24: Live Another Day premieres on the 5th of May in the US, and shortly thereafter on Sky in the UK.

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Great, love Stephen Fry!

I love that they're making sure everyone fully comprehends that he's British by calling him Trevor!

I'm expecting a casting announcement soon for Pedro the Spanish Diplomat, Winston the African Congressman and Bruce the Australian International Relations Minister.

A "strong and charismatic leader".... baaaah!

So how do we get him to ignore that, and play the PM as barking mad General Melchett?

How on earth are they still adding cast members, it's supposed to be airing in less than 4 months..!!

Is it possible for a show to jump the shark before it's even aired?

Having some cognitive dissonance here - on the one hand, this seems like stunt-casting of the highest order, and I can't help but feel that Fry is just too big a personality to be anything other than distracting in a dramatic role.

On the other hand, I think it might just be brilliant. Kiefer Sutherland bellowing "MR PRIME MINISTER! WE'RE OUT OF TIME!" at Stephen Fry? Fantastic! Maybe.

Um...

Also, "Trevor Davies"? Narf.

Can't wait!

... I think.

They should just go the whole hog and cast Hugh Laurie as his dodgy deputy PM who everyone thinks is a traitor, until he is actually murdered by the real traitor SECONDS before he can expose him / her.

They should just go the whole hog and cast Hugh Laurie as his dodgy deputy PM, who everyone thinks is a traitor until he gets murdered by the actual traitor, literally SECONDS before he can un-mask him / her.

And Rowan Atkinson as the master villain of the whole piece...

I haven't watched 24 since the first series, I think I wandered into this news piece by mistake...

all I can remember is BIP BIP BE BOOOOP....

Damn. The real version will never live up to this fantasy version.

Couldn't we just appoint him as the *actual* Prime Minister and be done?

That comment had me roaring with laughter. Nice one

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Please re create the id love to see fry black slap Bauer blackadder style lol

Blackadder Vs. Jack Bauer - it could be a lot of fun.

It'll be interesting to see how "gun play" is depicted in this incarnation of the series. It's not like there's a gun store on every street, and most of the cops are not even armed.

It's still in pre-production. American TV is ridiculously quick - nine times in ten they turn a standard 45 minute ep around in 3 weeks, a week for prep, one for shooting and one for post production.

Bravo, bravo good sir.

But will the PM be gay? And if not, why not?

because reworking a Bond movie title indicates its set in Britain.

I thought Bruce was the head of the natural philosophy department?

who cares!

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In London, Chloe is now an undercover agent who goes by the name of "Bob".

she'll be grilling the villain about tank manoeuvres I'm sure

and during that shooting the writers are back on prep, meaning the actors/director (or new director) is back shooting while things are in post and the cycle continues.

I think being the PM would be a step down, we might actually dislike him if he was Prime Minister and I personally would find it hard to dislike Stephen Fry.

Exactly. The American system for producing shows is actually pretty remarkable when you look at it.

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