If you wanted to know what The Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon Cooper was like as a child, now’s your chance. CBS has announced the series order of Young Sheldon, a new half-hour, single-camera comedy. Created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, the series will follow nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper, living with his family in Texas while attending high school.
Big Little Lies‘ Iain Armitage will take on the role of young Shellie, while Zoe Perry will play his mom, Mary Cooper. In a fun twist, Perry’s real-life mom is Laurie Metcalf, who recurs as Mary on Big Bang. Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan round out the cast as Sheldon’s father, sister and brother, respectively.
It’ll be fun to see the little brainiac version of the annoying nerd we’ve grown to love, interacting with his overly devout mom as well as his twin sister, whom we’ve met just the once on the original series. We’ve only heard about Sheldon’s older brother so it’ll be interesting to see more of him, likely more so in the high school setting. And while Sheldon’s dad was never around during his childhood, Barber is set to play George Sr., so we’ll finally see glimpses of him and how his absence helped form the aspiring physicist. That, along with the bullying he suffers from his classmates, doesn’t exactly sound like a knee-slapping good time, but in Lorre and Molaro’s hands, we’re sure they’ll find the funny.
Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon on the flagship show, will narrate the series as well as executive-produce along with Lorre, Molaro and Todd Spiewak. Jon Favreau will take time out of his busy schedule, from helming The Jungle Book 2 and the live-action version of The Lion King, to direct the series premiere.
Young Sheldon will debut in the 2017-2018 season, while The Big Bang Theory continues to air Thursdays on CTV and CBS.