CBS’ MacGyver TV reboot has finally found its leading man after a weeks-long search.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, X-Men: Apocalypse star Lucas Till (he plays Alex Summers, aka Havok, in Bryan Singer's new trilogy of films kicked off by First Class) has been cast in the role of Angus MacGyver, a secret agent with the knack of being able to build anything out of everyday household items such as paper clips, rubber bands and chewing gum to get out of the stickiest situations imaginable and avert disasters.
Joshua Boone (Fan Girl) has also come on board the drama pilot as a series regular in the role of Gunner, MacGyver's BFF from high school, while CSI alum George Eads has been cast in the role of Lincoln, a “man who could easily be written as an eccentric conspiracy theorist but he’s a legit government employee with great capability for compassion.”
The new series will serve both as a reimagining and a prequel to the cult TV show that starred Richard Dean Anderson in the title role for seven glorious seasons (1985-1992), making him a household name. It follows a 20-something Angus MacGyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses said knack for solving problems in unconventional ways.
The new series was originally written by R. Scott Gemmill (NCIS: LA), but CBS decided to go with a new take penned by Paul Downs Colaizzo (CBS pilot LFE). Original series executive producer Henry Winkler will be back in the same capacity, where he will work alongside James Wan (Aquaman), who's been shepherding the project since the beginning; he was even supposed to helm the pilot, but had to pull out because of a scheduling conflict with the post-production on The Conjuring 2. David Von Ancken (Salem) will now direct the put pilot and executive produce alongside original MacGyver creator Lee Zlotoff.
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