Jay Hernandez (“Suicide Squad,” “Bright”) has been tapped to play the lead role of Thomas Magnum in CBS’ drama pilot reboot of the iconic 1980s action series “Magnum P.I.”.
CBS wanted to add a twist to the classic character played by Tom Selleck in the original. This has included making former MI:6 agent Higgins a woman and now Magnum himself won’t be a moustached hairy caucasian.
In the new take, Hernandez’s Thomas Magnum is a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home to Hawaii from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.
With help from fellow vets Theodore ‘TC’ Calvin and Orville ‘Rick’ Wright, and Higgins, Magnum takes on the cases no one else will and helps those who have no one else to turn to.
Peter Lenkov, Davis Entertainment, CBS TV Studios and Universal TV Studios will produce. Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim penned the pilot with Justin Lin set to direct, and all three will executive produce alongside Danielle Woodrow, John Davis and John Fox.