Jay Hernandez has been cast in the reboot of 1980s crime drama Magnum, P.I.


The actor is best known for his role as El Diablo in 2016’s Suicide Squad, and also starred in Netflix’s Bright, the Bad Moms film series, ScandalNashville and The Expanse. He will be taking on the role of Thomas Magnum, the private eye originally played by Tom Selleck during the first run of the show from 1980 to 1988.

Selleck currently stars on the CBS police drama Blue Bloods.

CBS is producing the pilot of the reboot, which will feature Hernandez as a private investigator returning home from Afghanistan, where he served as a Navy SEAL. In the original, Magnum was a Vietnam vet who lived in a Hawaii mansion owned by a mysterious benefactor.


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As like its originator, the reboot will take place in Hawaii, but unlike the original, it will feature a female version of the sidekick Higgins, first portrayed by John Hillerman.

Peter Lenkov will write and executive producer the show, his third with CBS – he also wrote and produced CBS reboots Hawaii Five-O and MacGuyverJustin Lin of Fast and the Furious fame, will direct the pilot and executive produce the series.

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