'Magnum PI' reboot pilot at CBS casts Jay Hernandez in lead role

The “Magnum P.I.” reboot pilot has cast Jay Hernandez as the titular private eye, Variety has learned.

Hernandez will play Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. Tom Selleck, who currently stars in the CBS drama “Blue Bloods,” played the role in the original series.

Hernandez’s recent film roles include the DC Entertainment film “Suicide Squad” and appearances in both entries in the “Bad Moms” comedy franchise. He has also appeared in films like “Friday Night Lights,” “Hostel,” and in the Netflix fantasy-action film “Bright.” On the television side, he has recently appeared in “Scandal,” “Nashville,” and “The Expanse.”

He is repped by ICM Partners, Alchemy Entertainment and Fuller Law.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Jay Hernandez attends the LA Premiere of Netflix Films 'BRIGHT' on December 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Netflix)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actor Jay Hernandez attends the premiere of STX Entertainment's 'A Bad Mom's Christmas' at Regency Village Theatre on October 30, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 30: Jay Hernandez attends the premiere of STX Entertainment's 'A Bad Moms Christmas' at Regency Village Theatre on October 30, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Jay Hernandez attends ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for ELLE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Margot Robbie (L) and Jay Hernandez attend ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Real Is Rare, Real Is A Diamond and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for ELLE)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Actor Jay Hernandez and actor / writer / director Joey Kern attend the premier of Blue Fox Entertainment's 'Big Bear' at The London Hotel on September 19, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Brandon Williams/WireImage)
SCANDAL - 'Pressing the Flesh' - President Mellie Grant hosts a state dinner for President Rashad of Bashran in a first step toward peace in the Middle East, and in case Mellie's charm alone doesn't work, Olivia secretly puts Jake to work so that they are armed with a back-up plan. Meanwhile, the team at Quinn Perkins & Associates attends the party in hopes to gain more high-profile clientele, on 'Scandal,' airing THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haaseth via Getty Images) JAY HERNANDEZ
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 03: Jay Hernandez attends the European Premiere of 'Suicide Squad' at Odeon Leicester Square on August 03, 2016 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Brett Cove / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Brett Cove / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Jay Hernandez attends the European Premiere of 'Suicide Squad' at Odeon Leicester Square on August 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The cast of 'Suicide Squad' takes over GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 8/1/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) GINGER ZEE, JAY HERNANDEZ
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Actors Daniella Deutscher and Jay Hernandez attend the 'Suicide Squad' world premiere at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: (NO TABLOIDS; NO US SALES FOR 30 DAYS) Jay Hernandez at the 'Suicide Squad' Press Conference at the Skylight at Moynihan Station on July 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Jay Hernandez attends the premiere Of STX Entertainment's 'Bad Moms' at Mann Village Theatre on July 26, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Actor Jay Hernandez leaves the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on August 01, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Actor Jay Hernandez (R) and Daniella Deutscher (L) attend the premiere of STX Entertainment's' 'Bad Moms' at Mann Village Theatre on July 26, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 25: Director David Ayer, artist Amanda Valdes, artist Didirok, Actor Will Smith, actress Margot Robbie, actress Karen Fukuhara and actor Jay Hernandez attend the 'Suicide Squad' Wynwood Block Party and Mural Reveal with cast on July 25, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 25: Jay Hernandez attends the 'Suicide Squad' Wynwood Block Party and Mural Reveal with cast on July 25, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/WireImage)
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Peter Lenkov, the writer and producer behind current CBS reboots of “Hawaii Five-O” and “MacGyver,” will serve as the writer and executive producer on the new version of “Magnum P.I.,” which had previously gotten a pilot production commitment at the network. Eric Guggenheim, an executive producer and writer on Lenkov’s “Hawaii Five-O,” will also write and executive produce. John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment will also executive produce along with Danielle Woodrow. Justin Lin will direct the pilot and executive produce. CBS Television Studios will co-produce with Universal Television.

This is one of several such projects ordered to pilot at CBS. CBS has also ordered a pilot for a reboot of the female-led cop drama “Cagney and Lacey,” as well as an adaptation of “LA Confidential” and a revival of “Murphy Brown.”

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