Jon Voight

Jon Voight

Is Oscar winner Jon Voight prepared to go head-to-head with Jack Bauer?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the answer is "Yes."

Voight has signed on to play the nemesis to Kiefer Sutherland's Bauer on the upcoming season of "24."

The trade paper says that Voight's character, the man apparently behind the Season 7 terrorist threat, will be introduced in the two-hour "24" prequel set to premiere this November and currently shooting in South Africa. Because much of the first half of the "24" season was already shot last year before the writers strike, Voight's character may not be featured heavily until the second half of the season.

The trade paper has no additional details on Voight's character except to note that "24" has avoided high-profile villain casting since the first season, when Dennis Hopper popped up as Victor Drazen. We'd disagree, but mostly because we think folks like James Cromwell and Peter Weller are high-profile casting. Others may disagree.

Addition new faces on this season of "24" include Cherry Jones, Colm Feore, Sprague Grayden, Janeane Garofalo, Annie Wersching, Jeffrey Nordling, Rhys Coiro and John Billingsley.

Voight's career began on the small screen, but this will be his first extended series gig in more than 40 years. An Oscar winner for "Coming Home," the "Midnight Cowboy" star is probably best known to mainstream viewers from his performances in "Transformers" and the "National Treasure" movies.