Last week, Fox Television announced that actor Kiefer Sutherland had signed up for an eighth season of the hit show 24. But when the series begins shooting in May, it will have a very special guest star: Keita Takahashi, developer of the bizarre cult games Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy.
"If we love video games, but I have to think about much more," said Takahashi through a translator at a speech during the recent Game Developers Conference. "We have to experience more and we have to interact more with the world. There is no completion in games, it's always developing, so I am going to pause for a while to try some acting."
In 24, Takahashi will play a mad scientist who is investigated by Sutherland's character, Jack Bauer, and the government agency he works for, the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU). Though Fox producers won't discuss the season's plotline, a synopsis leaked to TV.com correspondent Tim Surette indicates that Takahashi's character is engaged in research with experimental matter that features both superadhesive and superelastic qualities.
When Takahashi's lab becomes unstable, the matter "accidentally" breaks out of its containment field, forming a giant ball that rolls up the landscape, snowballing as ordinary items become stuck to it. Its first victim is Takahashi's character, who is killed in the first five minutes of his one and only episode. As is always the case on 24, the "accident" is actually a diversion for the real threat: A cabal of Serbian war criminals, oil barons, corrupt politicians, Middle Eastern terrorists, and turncoat CTU agents bent on threatening Los Angeles with biochemical and nuclear attack...again.
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