Judy Davis Quits ’24: Live Another Day’

Judy Davis in Page Eight

Fox’s event miniseries 24: Live Another Day has amassed quite an intriguing mix of old and new characters. There are Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, and William Devane, all reprising their roles from the original drama series, plus franchise newcomers Yvonne Strahovski, Stephen Fry, and John Boyega. But one that’s fallen off that list, unfortunately, is Judy Davis.

Although the Aussie actress signed on back in December, she has now dropped out of the production and her role is being recast. Find out why, and get more details on her character, after the jump.

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