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X-Men: Apocalypse's Lucas Till will be the new MacGyver

Lucas Till

Hollywood has gone MacGyver mad in the last couple of years, with the film version in development via James Wan evolving into a TV pilot focusing on the younger years of the character famously brought to life in the 1980s by Richard Dean Anderson. Now Lucas Till has landed the role of Angus MacGyver.

The TV series turns back to the clock to find MacGyver in the earliest days of his career, after he's recruited to help a clandestine government organisation stop international crime and disasters. He has a talent for coming up with unorthodox solutions and making use of whatever happens to be around at the time, from paper clips and chewing gum. And he never goes anywhere without his trusty pen knife.

Also new to the cast? Joshua Boone, who will play Gunner, MacGyver's best friend from high school. They join George Eads, playing Lincoln, a conspiracy theorist with more than the usual amount of knowledge.

The pilot has a script from Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney, and will be directed by David Von Ancken. Wan, who had planned to shoot the pilot but is now too busy finishing The Conjuring 2, remains aboard as a producer alongside MacGyver creator Lee David Zlotoff.

Till, who at least has the hair to be able to pull off the classic MacGyver mullet (doubt they'll go quite that far), will next be seen in X-Men: Apocalypse, due here on May 19.