‘Young Sheldon’: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Spinoff Series Greenlit; Jon Favreau Directing

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We’re getting a series focusing on a younger Sheldon.

CBS has reportedly locked in a straight-to-series order for the oh-so creatively titled Young Sheldon, which will focus on The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper at the age of 9. Jim Parsons plays the character in Big Bang; child actor Iain Armitage (Big Little Lies) will be playing Sheldon as a boy in the spinoff.

Described as being in the vein of Malcolm in the Middle, the half-hour single-cam comedy series will follow Sheldon’s young life as a little genius living in East Texas and going to high school. Parsons will be narrating the series.

Deadline shed some more light on the cast and the characters:

On ‘Big Bang’, there have been clues about Sheldon’s childhood in Galveston, TX, with his older brother George; fraternal twin sister Missy; their mother Mary Cooper, an overtly devout Evangelical Christian played by Laurie Metcalf whose daughter Perry will portray her in the prequel; and father George Cooper, an alcoholic who was never around.

On board to direct and executive produce the first episode is none other than Jon Favreau, known for directing big-screen blockbusters such as Iron Man and last year’s The Jungle Book.

Young Sheldon is expected to be lined up for the 2017-2018 season.