Forest Whitaker is in final negotiations to star on CBS' potential Criminal Minds spinoff. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whitaker would play the leader of a squad of profilers who work outside the FBI bureaucracy.
The group will be introduced on an episode of Criminal Minds in the spring.
Whitaker's character is 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 planted spinoff, from a story by him and Minds executive producer/showrunner Ed Bernero. Richard Shepard is directing.
The potential spinoff is being produced by ABC Studios, the Mark Gordon Co. and CBS Studios.
Whitaker is also expected to get a producing credit.