The ‘Magnum P.I.’ Reboot Has Found Its Star, And We’re Actually Pretty Impressed

CBS is digging through its closet for old Hawaiian shirts as it prepares for a reboot of Magnum P.I., and we finally know who will play the famous detective in the new series.

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The network has already found success by remaking their classic TV shows like S.W.A.T., MacGyver, and Hawaii Five-O, and they’re hoping one of the most popular shows of the ’80s is ripe for a revival.

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Now, CBS has announced that actor Jay Hernandez will fill Tom Selleck’s shoes as Thomas Magnum, the suave private eye from Oahu, Hawaii.

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But there are some modern changes planned for the new series.

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Hernandez is probably most recognizable for his roles on Friday Night Lights and in the Hostel film series.

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You may also remember him as the fire-wielding super villain Diablo from Suicide Squad.

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CBS has teased that in the new take on Magnum, Hernandez will play an ex-Navy SEAL and Afghan War veteran, an update from Selleck’s character, who was a Vietnam vet.

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The 'Magnum P.I.' Reboot Has Found Its Star, And We're Actually Pretty Impressed
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There’s no word yet on if other regular characters like Higgins, TC, or Rick will return. Or if Magnum’s signature Ferrari 308 will make an appearance.

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What we do know is Justin Lin, the director of Fast & Furious, is shooting the pilot. So there’s a chance this show could seriously impress us.

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One person who’s probably not impressed is Tom Selleck. The show’s original star said in a past interview that Magnum “isn’t dated,” and that he would cast himself in the reboot if he could.

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If Magnum wasn’t your idea of must-see-TV, CBS is also bringing back Cagney & Lacey, plus a new version of Murphy Brown with original star Candice Bergen back in the lead role.

Will you be tuning in to the new version of this classic show?

[H/T: EW]

Emma C
Freelance Writer