Bazinga! The Big Bang Theory spinoff centered on a young Sheldon Cooper is officially a go.
Titled Young Sheldon, the new comedy series will be making its anticipated premiere in the 2017-18 television season, CBS announced Monday.
The half-hour, single-camera sitcom, created by Big Bang’s Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, will follow Sheldon as he goes through his formative years, beginning at the age of nine, living with his family in East Texas and then attending high school.
Who will be playing young Sheldon? Big Little Lies star Iain Armitage, who will take on the 9-year-old version of the character.
If you ask us, the resemblance is uncanny.
Jim Parsons, who has played the role on Big Bang since its debut in 2007, will narrate the show as adult Sheldon.
Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan will also co-star in the spinoff, which will have its first episode directed by Jon Favreau.
Parsons was tight-lipped about the spinoff when he spoke to ET’s Nancy O’Dell at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in February, teasing that they already had the young lead chosen.
"He's wonderful," the 43-year-old actor said of Armitage, 9. "So many kids sent in [tapes] and it was really overwhelming. But this one little guy was really special."
"Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro are really heading it but they're always really sweet about asking, 'What would you think?' and I'm like, 'I think it's great,'" Parsons said of casting his role. "I kind of don't want to get in the way too much because whoever the kids is has to do his own thing. You know what I mean? If it's going to be special it has to be related to what's going on but also its own creature, you know? I'm excited about it though."
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
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