Months after we first reported that CBS is developing a new MacGyver TV series with Furious 7 director James Wan, the network has finally found their leading man. Deadline reports that X-Men: Apocalypse star Lucas Till has signed on to play the title character Angus McGyver, with Joshua Boone (Fan Girl) also joining the cast. The project will be a modern-day re-imagining of the original 1985 TV series, featuring a much younger protagonist.
The plot will follow a "twentysomething" Angus MacGyver, who is recruited into the clandestine organization from the original series, known as the Department of External Services (DXS). The title character uses his unique skill set for solving problems with bizarre and unconventional methods, to help prevent disasters before they happen. The initial report from October revealed that producers wanted the new MacGyver to be roughly 10 years younger than Richard Dean Anderson was on the original MacGyver series, with this new version expected to shed light on how MacGyver acquired some of these infamous skills.
25-year-old Lucas Till is exactly 10 years younger than Richard Dean Anderson was when he started the series in 1985. Joshua Boone is playing Gunner, McGyver's best friend from high school. Both Lucas Till and Joshua Boone join George Eads, who signed on earlier this month to play Lincoln, a compassionate government employee and eccentric conspiracy theorist. It isn't known how many other main characters have yet to be cast in the series at this time.
Our report from October revealed that R. Scott Gemmill (NCIS: Los Angeles) was originally set to write the pilot script. He has since been replaced by Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney, with David Von Ancken set to direct the pilot episode. The writers and director will also serve as executive producers with James Wan, Henry Winkler, who produced the original series, Michael Clear and the original series creator Lee David Zlotoff. It isn't known when shooting on the pilot will begin.
Lucas Till is best known for playing Alex Summers, a.k.a. Havok in X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, hitting theaters May 27. He also stars in the upcoming The Disapppointments Room, which doesn't have a release date in place yet, and Monster Trucks, debuting January 13, 2017. Do you think Lucas Till has what it takes to play the new MacGyver?