Arnold ''The Mummy'' Vosloo is the new ''24'' villain -- The star of the horror franchise will play an anti-American terrorist who bedevils Jack Bauer on the new season

By Gary Susman
Updated December 22, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

Arnold Vosloo is best known for playing the tightly wrapped ancient Egyptian villain in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, but when he joins the cast of 24, he’ll play a rebel without a gauze. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the South African actor will play a terrorist leader plotting against the United States throughout the upcoming season, which launches Jan. 9.

Vosloo joins a largely new cast on the Fox drama, including House of Sand and Fog stars Shohreh Aghdashloo and Jonathan Ahdout (again playing a Middle Eastern mother and son; Witchblade‘s Nestor Serrano completes the family as Aghdashloo’s husband, a Middle Eastern businessman); Knots Landing‘s William Devane as the Secretary of Defense, who is terror fighter Jack Bauer’s (Kiefer Sutherland) new boss; and Third Watch alumna Kim Raver as the defense secretary’s daughter and Jack’s love interest.

The new season of 24 begins Sunday, Jan. 9, with a double-length episode covering two hours of Jack Bauer’s newest day of misery. Then, on Jan. 10 — Monday, 24‘s regular slot — two episodes covering hours 3 and 4 will air.

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