Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker is in final negotiations to headline the Criminal Minds spin-off, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

CBS moving ahead with Criminal Minds spin-off

The Oscar winner will play Cooper, the head agent of a group of profilers who work outside the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. The mysterious Cooper has been off the grid for the last eight years. CBS could not confirm the casting.

The new team will be introduced in a spring episode of Criminal Minds. Minds executive producer and writer Chris Mundy wrote the spin-off, which is based on a story by him and executive producer and showrunner Ed Bernero.

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Whitaker is no stranger to television, having appeared on The Shield as Vic Mackey's nemesis Lt. Jon Kavanaugh, and as a stroke victim on ER, for which he earned an Emmy nomination.