CBS has found its young MacGyver in X-Men co-star Lucas Till. The 25-year-old actor will play the title role in the CBS drama pilot MacGyver, a reimagining of the 1985 series about a resourceful and ingenious agent who improvises his way out of sticky situations using everyday items like rubber bands, chewing gum and a Swiss Army knife. Also cast in the project, from CBS TV Studios, is Joshua Boone (Fan Girl).
The pilot, co-written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney and directed by David Von Ancken, features twentysomething Angus MacGyver (Till), who is recruited into the clandestine organization from the original series where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. The drama serves as a prequel to the original series, in which MacGyver was played by Richard Dean Anderson.
Boone will play Gunner, MacGyver’s best friend from high school. Till and Boone join previously cast CSI alum George Eads.
Executive producing the pilot are James Wan, the original’s creator Lee David Zlotoff and executive producer Henry Winkler, as well as Colaizzo, Mahoney, Ancken and Michael Clear, who heads Wan’s Atomic Monster.
Till plays mutant Havok in the X-Men movie franchise, reprising his role in the upcoming X-Men Apocalypse. It is one of two tentpole movies he has lined up along with 2017’s Monster Trucks. Till is repped by APA, manager Tom Sullivan and attorney Howard Fishman.
Boone is repped by Abrams.