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OTRC: Kiefer Sutherland officially signs on to star in TV pilot 'Touch,' report says

Kiefer Sutherland in a promotional photo for '24'. (FOX)

Kiefer Sutherland has signed on to star in the new Fox drama pilot "Touch" by "Heroes" creator Tim Kring, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sutherland will be reuniting with Fox, which aired "24," the series that starred the actor as Jack Bauer for eight seasons.

The plot centers around a father who finds out his son is autistic and mute but can also predict the future.

"Touch" is Kring's first pilot script since "Heroes," which ran on NBC from 2006 to 2010. Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope have signed on to produce the new Fox venture.

Sutherland, 44, is currently starring in the Broadway revival of "That Championship Season," which is set to open on March 6, 2011 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The drama also stars Chris Noth, who played Mr. Big on "Sex and the City."

Sutherland's Emmy-winning role on "24" ended last May after eight seasons and Sutherland says he hopes to begin production on a film adaptation within a year.

"24" executive producer Howard Gordon told the Reuters news wire in May 2010 that a first draft of a movie script based on Bauer and the show has been written and a second one is in the works.

Sutherland also worked on the web series "The Confession" this year, starring as a hitman who tells a priest (John Hurt) why his victims deserve death. The 10 webisodes will launch on Hulu in March.

Hurt and Sutherland will also appear together in an upcoming sci-fi movie, "Melancholia," which co-stars Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgård and Charlotte Gainsbourg and is set for release on May 26, 2011.

Sutherland began his acting career starring in cult classics like "Stand by Me" and "The Lost Boys."

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