Jon Favreau to direct 'Young Sheldon' pilot for CBS

The network announced Monday that the series - which will go back in time to when Sheldon Cooper, Jim Parsons' character on "The Big Bang Theory", was 9 years old - will have a spot on the 2017-18 schedule.

The younger version of Jim Parsons' character will be played by Iain Armitage, who is now appearing in HBO's Big Little Lies. He's familiar to viewers of HBO's "Big Little Lies", as Ziggy Chapman, the son of single mom Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley). The series will focus on a child version of character Sheldon Cooper, who on Big Bang Theory is played by Jim Parsons. Perry's real life mother is played by Laurie Metcalf, who plays the same role on The Big Bang Theory.

So far, Lance Barber has been cast as his father and Zoe Perry will play Sheldon's mum.

The series is executive-produced by Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak.

Jon Favreau, who directed various installments of The Avengers movie franchise and The Jungle Book, is leading the pilot episode.

The most popular comedy on television is officially getting a spinoff. Additionally, despite still being the most watched comedy now on TV, the show has seen its ratings decrease, suggesting its possible fans could be beginning to feel burnt out by the exploits of Sheldon Cooper.

Another key detail is that Parsons will narrate the show as "Adult Sheldon". It will follow the life of Sheldon Cooper at the age of 9. They can't possibly get away with that for Young Sheldon.

CBS said Sheldon will be played by Iain Armitage.

Meanwhile, Big Bang's renewal awaits new deals with co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.

The International Movie Database describes young Sheldon as "the idiosyncratic and neurotic genius as a youth growing up in Texas". He has previously confirmed that the original Big Bang Theory will come to an end in the next season.

The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

  • Salvatore Jensen