‘Criminal Minds’ Spin-off To Star Forest Whitaker

by | January 26, 2010 at 8:41 AM | TV News

Forest Whitaker (Andreas Rentz)

Forest Whitaker (Andreas Rentz)

Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (‘The Last King of Scotland‘) is in final talks to star in a backdoor pilot setting up a ‘Criminal Minds‘ spin-off.

The offshoot of the hit CBS procedural was penned by ‘Minds’ executive producer Chris Mundy, working off a story developed by him and show runner Ed Bernero. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the spin-off revolves around a different group of BAU profilers to be introduced in a ‘Criminal Minds’ episode airing this spring.

Whitaker will play the squad’s dynamic leader, a onetime ace profiler who has been mysteriously off the grid for the past eight years.

Following his award-winning portrayal of Idi Amin in ‘The Last King of Scotland,’ Whitaker had roles on such TV series as ‘The Shield‘ and ‘ER.’