Whitaker to Star in Criminal Minds Spinoff

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Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is in final negotiations to star on CBS’ potential “Criminal Minds” spinoff, says The Hollywood Reporter. The new show will be introduced in the spring on an episode of “Criminal Minds.”

The project revolves around a new group of profilers who work outside the FBI bureaucracy. Whitaker will play Cooper, the squad leader. Described as dynamic, mysterious, charming and a father figure to the rest of the team, he is a former star profiler in the Behavioral Unit who has been off the radar for the past eight years.

“Minds” executive producer Chris Mundy wrote the spinoff, from a story by him and “Minds” executive producer/showrunner Ed Bernero. Richard Shepard is directing.