Who wouldn’t know Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons)? He’s the awkward-looking theoretical physicist with photographic memory from the highly-acclaimed comedy series, “The Big Bang Theory.” Parsons won two Emmy Awards for the character. Soon, the avid fans of the show can get acquainted with the young version of Sheldon.
According to a recent report from Hollywood Reporter, CBS has officially picked up the prequel of the sitcom, titled “Young Sheldon,” straight to a series format. The prequel is pitched by “Big Bang Theory” creator Chuck Lorre and showrunner Steven Molaro. Apart from Lorre and Molaro, Parsons and Todd Spiewak are executive producers of the new series.
The upcoming spinoff will chronicle the childhood days of the young physicists, starring Iain Armitage of “Big Little Lies” as the titular character. “Scandal” star Zoe Perry is set to play Mary Cooper, the mother of Sheldon. Perry happens to be the daughter of Laurie Metcalf, the actress who plays Sheldon’s mother in the original series.
Other cast members of the prequel include Lance Barber, Raegan Revord, and Montana Jordan. A source informed Hollywood Reporter that Barber will take the role of George, Sheldon’s father and Mary’s husband. Revord will be the young Missy, Sheldon’s twin sister, while Jordan will be George Jr., the twins’ older brother.
Parsons, as the adult Sheldon, will appear as the narrator.
Speaking of the plot, it is set in East Texas wherein nine-year-old Sheldon is living with his parents and siblings. He will be attending high school.
Unlike the current comedy show with a multi-camera setup, “Young Sheldon” would be a single-camera series.
Meanwhile, the Emmy Award-winning comedy series is in the brink of season 11 renewal negotiations.
“We have established hits including the number one drama ‘NCIS,’ and the number one comedy ‘The Big Bang Theory’ which, by the way, we are very, very close to renewing for two more years,” CBS CEO Leslie Moonves confirmed (via Fox News) during the network’s fourth quarter earnings meeting in February.