In the ’80s, action television shows were everything. From Magnum, P.I. and his sweet-ass Ferrari to The A-Team and their inability to hit anything with their machine guns, it seemed like the viewing public just couldn’t get enough of primetime explosions and car chases. One of the coolest of these shows was MacGyver, the series which proved that all anyone needed to be a badass hero was a mullet and access to chewing gum, twine, and a BIC pen. CBS is bringing back the series, which debuted in 1985, and has cast an X-Man as the title character.
Lucas Till, who portrayed Alex Summers, a.k.a. Havok, in X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, will take on the role of Angus MacGyver for the network’s reimagining of the classic series, Deadline reports. The pilot, written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney and directed by David Von Ancken, has also cast Joshua Boone as Hunter, MacGyver’s best friend from high school.
The new MacGyver series will — you probably guessed it — be a prequel of sorts to the original show. 25-year-old Till will portray the problem-solver as he’s recruited into the show’s clandestine organization for his ability to prevent bad things from happening by using only household objects and rudimentary science and physics. (Okay, some of it was pretty advanced. College level.)
One thing that is yet to be seen is whether Till’s version of the character will maintain Richard Dean Anderson‘s trademark hockey hair that he sported through most of the series’ seven-season run. But, if you saw the Canadian horror movie Wolves (pictured above), you’ll know how well Till can rock a ridiculous coif.
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Kyle Anderson is the Weekend Editor and a film and TV critic for Nerdist.com. Follow him on Twitter!