1980s cult action hero MacGyver is set to return to television. Sort of.
American network CBS will make a modern-day adaptation of the series, and X-Men star Lucas Till will take on the role of secret agent Angue MacGyver, the man who works as an agent for the US government.
25-year-old Till will play a younger MacGyver than the original character portrayed by Richard Dean Anderson, and follows his story as he gets recruited into a clandestine organisation where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.
Commentators are already noting that the series is expected to be more of a “reimagining” than a reboot, and this MacGyver will probably have a more advanced set of tools than MacGyver’s original Swiss Army knife.
Also newly cast as a series regular in the pilot is Joshua Boone, who will play Gunner, MacGyver’s best friend from school.
Till’s casting in the titular role marks the end of a lengthy search for the show’s new star. Sources say that many different names had been discussed for the part.
MacGyver hails from writer Paul Downs Colaizzo, who will exec produce with Michael Clear, Lee Zlotoff, James Wan and original producer Henry Winkler, who is back for the remake. David Von Ancken will direct the pilot and will also serve as an exec producer.
The original show ran from 1985-1992, with actor Anderson known for doing most of the stunts on the show himself.
Meanwhile, CBS is also planning a reworking of the Nancy Drew mysteries and have cast Person of Interest’s Sarah Shahi in the titular role.
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