Young Sheldon: Jon Favreau to Direct CBS Spinoff Pilot

Young Sheldon: Jon Favreau to Direct CBS Spinoff Pilot

The new project is a prequel spin-off of the network's juggernaut comedy series, The Big Bang Theory.

Young Sheldon will follow Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) at the age of 9, living with his right-wing family in East Texas and going to high school before he met Penny and the gang, reports Deadline.

The series is executive-produced by Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak.

In another bit of meta casting, Zoe Perry will play Sheldon's mother - a role portrayed by Perry's real-life mother, Laurie Metcalf, on "Big Bang Theory". Instead, it will be shot with a single-camera style akin to that of Malcolm in the Middle - only with a younger Sheldon as a lead.

Parsons will narrate as adult-Sheldon, and the whole thing just sounds like a total hoot. He has an older brother George (Raegan Revord), a fraternal twin sister Missy (Montana Jordan), devout Evangelical Christian mum Mary and an alcoholic father, George Cooper (Lance Barber), who was never around.

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Actor and prolific filmmaker Jon Favreau will direct the series' pilot, but he will not have an on-screen role.

Meanwhile, the five original Big Bang Theory cast members have reportedly offered to take a pay cut so their newer co-stars can have a rise.

A two-season renewal of The Big Bang Theory is imminent.

CBS on Monday formally ordered to series Young Sheldon, a prequel spinoff centered on Sheldon Cooper's awkward childhood in Texas.

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