A reboot of popular 1980s US TV show MacGyver is now fully underway with the titular character now cast.
According to Deadline, taking on the role of Angus MacGyver made famous by Stargate SG1 legend Richard Dean Anderson, is Lucas Till, probably most famous for playing Alex Summers in the McAvoy/Fassbender X-Men movies, including this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
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. It’s claimed that producers wanted the new MacGyver to be roughly 10 years younger than Anderson was on the original MacGyver series, with this new version expected to shed light on how MacGyver acquired some of these infamous skills.
Joshua Boone is playing Gunner, McGyver’s best friend from high school, along with 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.
It is not yet known when the pilot is set to begin shooting, but in the meantime you can catch Lucas Till in X-Men: Apocalypse, coming out this May.