The classic 1980s TV show Magnum P.I. is the latest to get the reboot treatment and the role of the titular private investigator has been revealed to be Jay Hernandez. Hernandez was recently seen on the big screen as the ex-gangster El Diablo in Suicide Squad and was also in Bad Moms. Writer and producer, Peter Lenkov, is behind the current CBS reboots of Hawaii Five-O and MacGyver. Lenkov will also serve as the writer and executive producer on the new reboot of Magnum P.I.
Jay Hernandez will play Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV who is a decorated ex-Navy Seal. After returning home from Afghanistan, Magnum decides to use his extensive military skills in the world of private investigating. Tom Selleck starred in the original Magnum P.I. in the 1980s and though the series had its serious moments, it was strung together in a lighthearted manner with help from Jonathon Higgins III, Rick, and T.C. often providing help for Magnum as well as comic relief and in the case of Higgins, mystery as well.
The character of Higgins, who was originally played by John Hillerman, will be female. She will now be "disavowed former MI:6 agent Juliet Higgins." Higgins is a mysterious foil to Thomas Magnum and he often rambled on in his stories, usually relating any subject to World War II or the Korean War. It was reported back in October of 2017 that the parts of Rick and T.C. will be cast as well and the new Magnum P.I. will continue to take place in Hawaii. Tom Selleck was reportedly asked to make a cameo in the reboot, but he politely declined to take part in the project.
The Magnum P.I. reboot currently has a pilot ordered from CBS, so it isn't 100 percent official that the show will see the light of day. Justin Lin will direct the pilot, he is best known for resurrecting the Fast and Furious franchise and has directed a number of those sequels. CBS also has a Cagney and Lacey reboot pilot ordered as well in addition to an LA Confidential series and a Murphy Brown revival series. All we need now is the Murder She Wrote reboot (which has been talked about for years) along with Simon and Simon and then the new version of Higgins can make cameos, just like he did in the original 1980s shows. Higgins was a huge fan of Jessica Fletcher, so it would not be a complete shock to see the often talked about reboot of Murder She Wrote back into talks, especially if Magnum P.I. proves to be a hit for the network.
There is no official release date for the Magnum P.I. reboot as we'll have to wait and see if the pilot is picked up by CBS. However, the original show was a huge hit and ran from 1980 - 1988, and it seems like Jay Hernandez will make an excellent version of Thomas Magnum. This is a developing story and more new is expected to drop soon. You can read more about the Magnum P.I. reboot via Variety.