CBS has found their Angus MacGyver for the MacGyver TV reboot.
According to Comicbook, CBS has announced that Lucas Till will take over the title role from Richard Dean Anderson and play Angus Macyver, who is recruited into the same secret organisation from the original series.
Lucas’ 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, including diverse actors.
MacGyver is an American action-adventure TV series created by Lee David Zlotoff, which ran for 7 seasons on ABC in the US and various other networks abroad from 1985 to 1992. The show follows secret agent Angus MacGyver (played by Richard Dean Anderson) who works as a troubleshooter for the fictional Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles and as an agent for a fictional United States government agency, the Department of External Services (DXS).
Educated as a scientist, MacGyver served as a Bomb Team Technician/EOD during the Vietnam War (“Countdown”). Resourceful and possessed of an encyclopedic knowledge of the physical sciences, he solves complex problems by making things out of ordinary objects, along with his ever-present Swiss Army knife. He prefers non-violent resolutions and prefers not to handle a gun.
The TV reboot will feature a 10-years younger protagonist. Twentysomething Angus MacGyver gets recruited into the clandestine organisation from the original series where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.
The series is expected to chronicle how MacGyver acquired some of his famous skill sets.
Lucas Till is 25-year-old American actor who started his career at a young age. He has appeared in a number of films and television parts, including roles on “House”, “Hannah Montana: The Movie”, “X-Men: First Class”, and “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. In the “X-Men” movies, Lucas played Alex Summers aka Havok. Lucas will also be seen next in “X-Men: Apocalypse“.
Lucas joins Joshua Boone, who has been cast as Gunner, MacGyver’s best friend from high school. The duo joins previously announced “CSI” alum George Eads, who will play Lincoln, a man who could easily be written off as an eccentric conspiracy theorist, but he’s a legit government employee with great capability for compassion.
The pilot is being co-written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney, and directed by David Von Ancken.
What do you think of the casting news? We know that Lucas Till definitely has some very big shoes to fill, but will he be able to do it?
UPDATE (19th May, 12pm):
The trailer for the MacGyver TV reboot has been released and dare we say that it looks hella promising! True fans of the original series will appreciate that the almost-2-minute-long video offers up everything that they can expect from the reboot – stunts, somewhat cheesy action scenes that work, some humour, explosives, and the young MacGyver using everyday items for his “quick fixes”.
“Anyone have any bubble gum? And Q-tip?”
The only thing missing is the original theme song. But who knows, maybe they’re working on modernising it for the show ;)
The MacGyver reboot will air Fridays at 8pm starting this fall.