Big Bang Theory Spin Off ‘Young Sheldon’ Officially Picked Up To Series
As we mentioned back in November, US network CBS had put in motions plans for a Big Bang Theory spin-off following the life of a young Sheldon Cooper. Today they have announced that Young Sheldon has been given a straight-to-series order.
Iain Armitage (Big Little Lies) with be taking on the younger version of the boy genius, as the 9yr prodigy deals with life and school in East Texas, and living with his family. The show is being described as ‘Malcolm in the Middle-esque’, and will be narrated by Jim Parsons, as the older Sheldon we know and love.
Zoe Perry (The Family, NCIS) is playing the younger version of his evangelical christian mother, Mary. If you’re thinking she’s a good match for Laurie Metcalf, who plays Mary in the main show, she should be as Zoe is Laurie’s daughter!
The role of Sheldon’s father George has gone to Lance Barber (It’s Always Sunny…, Faking It), with Raegan Revord playing his twin sister Missy, and elder brother George Jr being played by Montana Jordan.
I’m still not entirely convinced this spin-off is a great idea, but i’ll reserve judgement until I’ve seen it. Whether it can reach the massive success of the main Big Bang Theory show, is also a big question mark. They are however, pulling out all the stops for the launch, and have booked movie director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book) to helm the first episode.
Jim Parsons, who actually first pitched the idea, will exec produce, along with Big Bang’s Chuck Lorre, showrunner Steven Molaro, and Todd Spiewak.
Young Sheldon will arrive at some point in the 2017-2018 season.