CBS Finds New ‘MacGyver’ in ‘X-Men’ Star Lucas Till

Lucas Till MacGyver
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CBS has found its modern-day “MacGyver” in “X-Men” star Lucas TillVariety has confirmed.

Till will take on the title character first made famous by Richard Dean Anderson in the network’s pilot reboot of the 1980s television series.

The “MacGyver” pilot is described as a reimagining of the original show, following Till’s twentysomething MacGyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.

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Also newly cast as a series regular in the pilot is Joshua Boone, who will play 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.

Till’s 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” hails from writer Paul Downs Colaizzo, who will exec produce with Michael Clear, Lee Zlotoff, James Wan and original producer Henry Winkler, who is back for the remake. David Von Ancken will direct the pilot and will also serve as an exec producer. CBS Television Studios is producing.

Till is repped by APA, manager Tom Sullivan and attorney Howard Fishman of Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman. Up next, he’ll return as the mutant Havok in “X-Men Apocalypse,” which is out this May. Boone is repped by Abrams.

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  1. Margie Moore says:

    First I’ve seen of Lucas Till, plus I’ve never watched MacGyver before, but I’ll never miss another episode with Lucas Till again. LOVE HIM.

  2. Cathy says:

    Boone is awesome and handsome too. Love the show. just need to see more of Boone

  3. Nita says:

    I thought you had the best already the guy Adam off at Y&R what happened he’s the best

  4. Dan says:

    a remake of the original TV series MacGyver was a great TV show, I do own some of the original series a great show, like Jessica said I would of prefer they made it from the original TV with MacGyver and his son and that MacGyver teaches everything he knows and MacGyver becomes the new boss of the phoenix foundation. will see what happens

  5. Bonnie says:

    Hate it already

  6. Jessa says:

    I would have preferred that they revive it with the central character being Mac’s son, Sean, instead of a younger recast of Mac (who will always be Richard Dean Anderson, first and formost). Or even his grandson. Sean would be in his 40s, now, so either would be plausible, and it would leave open the possibility of cameos by the original cast (especially Mac & Jack … maybe Penny) that would pull in fans of the original without annoying us by creating inconsistencies with the show we loved. Events from Mac’s 20s were established in the original series, so I hope they respect those. That said, Henry Winkler’s involvement gives me hope, so I’ll give it a chance. Those younger versionofs the same character things don’t usually work because the new actor has a different take on the character and it usually conflicts, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Mr. Winkler.

  7. mir says:

    i cannot make any comments before i see the new macgyver but i have a feeling that it is not going to be the same. richard dean anderson is my favourite macgyver.

  8. Rena Moretti says:

    First Lucas Till (who?!) is not a star.

    Second redoing MacGyver is a stupid idea (like 99.9% of remakes).

    Audiences have rejected remakes for the past 10 years but Hollywood keeps thinking they’re great ideas.

    Incompetence reigns supreme!

    • Lucas Till plays Miley Cyrus’ love interest in “The Hannah Montana Movie.” He also stars in Taylor Swifts music video “You Belong With Me.” :) He’ll be appealing to a younger audience.

      As much as I love the original, I’m excited to see remake. I just hope the writers give this MacGyver a steady love interest.

  9. This is gonna be as stupid as it comes I hope they cancel this reboot, dana elcar must be rolling in his grave as we speak.

  10. richmond says:

    Scheduled for when?

  11. Dusntan says:

    Another pedestrian idea thanks to CBS. There is zero reason to reboot this show.

  12. Denver says:

    As long as he doesn’t become the new Colonel O’Neill

  13. Jeff says:

    will never be the same don’t even try it

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Exactly. The original is there to be watched and enjoyed. Remaking it has a 99.9% chance of not being any good and audiences are sick and tired of rehashes.

      Makes you wonder why TV executives keep making what audiences don’t want to see…

  14. Cath says:

    Why do we get a picture of Jeffrey Tambor and a caption about George Eads up there?

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