Fox‘s 24: Live Another Day has added another strong name to its cast. Benjamin Bratt has joined the event series that returns Jack Bauer and his crew to the air beginning May 5 with a two-hour premiere. Bratt will play Steve Harris, the head of CIA operations tracking now-fugitive Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) in London. Bratt’s ops team is now set: Supporting Harris are CIA agent Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski, Dexter), who is both resourceful and driven; Jordan Reed (Giles Matthey, Jobs), a smart and sophisticated CIA computer tech; and Erik Ritter (Gbenga Akinnagbe, The Wire), a sharp, strong and arrogant field operative. Bratt’s previous TV series credits include an Emmy-nominated turn on Law & Order and more recently in addition to film work (Despicable Me 2) played Sofia Vergara’s ex-husband on Modern Family. He’s repped by WME and Circle of Confusion.
Benjamin Bratt voices supervillain El Macho opposite Steve Carell‘s Gru in Universal‘s July 3 animated sequel, which is already speeding along strongly overseas. Bratt introduces this Spanish-language promo put out by Universal Pictures Latino, the marketing arm targeting Hispanic audiences:
EXCLUSIVE: Well, that didn’t take long. Benjamin Bratt has stepped in to voice the villain Eduardo in Despicable Me 2. He replaces Al Pacino, who exited the project over creative differences with Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment. He’s getting to work right away on a film that Universal is counting on for a major summer release that begins July 3. Despicable Me 2 is the fourth film from Illumination Entertainment and the sequel to its 2010 hit Despicable Me, one of Universal’s most profitable films ever, with north of $540 million worldwide on a $69 million budget. The sequel is directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin, and scripted by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, with Illumination founder Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy producing. Bratt, whose credits include Snitch, La Mission, The Woodsman and Traffic, is repped by WME, Circle of Confusion and attorney Robert Myman.