We still don’t have any word on whether The Big Bang Theory will be back for its 11th season on CBS. What we are sure is that CBS just ordered the premiere of The Big Bang Theory spinoff, which will star a young genius Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage).
But what role would Jim Parsons, the Sheldon Cooper in the original series, be playing in this prequel? According to reports, Parsons will be narrating the series that will star a young Sheldon living with his conservative family in Texas. Aside from that, the actor is also co-producing the show with The Big Bang Theory’s Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro, as well as Parsons’ partner Todd Spiewak.
Who Is Being Casted In The Big Bang Theory Spinoff?
Armitage’s casting is spot-on since he has been earning rave reviews for his role as Shailene Woodley’s son in the HBO limited series Big Little Lies. Aside from him, Zoe Perry has also been casted as Sheldon’s mother, Mary, in The Big Bang Theory spinoff. Her real-life mother, Laurie Metcalf, played the part on the original series.
Lance Barber will play Sheldon’s tough-talking father George, who, according to The Big Bang Theory, died when the genius was just 14 years old. He appeared in the original series’ fifth episode as the high school nemesis of Leonard (Johnny Galecki). Also casted in the spinoff are Raegan Revord as George Jr. and Montana Jordan as George Jr.’s fraternal twin, Missy.
Jon Favreau, who directed various installments of The Avengers movie franchise and The Jungle Book, is leading the pilot episode. Lorre and Molaro will be co-creators for the prequel.
The prequel will be titled Young Sheldon, and it will be a half-hour single-camera series. There are no reports yet of how many episodes have been ordered for the series. What we do know is that it will premiere for the 2017-2018 season.
What’s Up For The Original The Big Bang Theory?
The last thing we have heard from the CBS network is that they are in the middle of negotiations with Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette). The two are demanding to be paid the same as the other five stars. Parsons, Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar are all receiving $1 million per episode.
The five offered to take a pay cut for Bialik and Rauch, but it’s still up to CBS to match that sacrifice. Hopefully, we’ll see both The Big Bang Theory Season 11 and The Big Bang Theory spinoff starting this year.