‘The Big Bang Theory’ spinoff ‘Young Sheldon’ narrated by Jim Parsons set for CBS

While we still don’t know if “The Big Bang Theory” is returning to CBS in the fall for an 11th season, Jim Parsons will be back as the narrator of the spin-off “Young Sheldon.” This half-hour single-camera comedy is set in small-town Texas, with child genius Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) heading off to high school at age nine.

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Armitage has been earning raves for his work as Shailene Woodley‘s son in the HBO limited series “Big Little Lies.” In a nice twist, Zoe Perry will play Sheldon’s mother Mary, a devout Christian; her real-life mother, Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf, plays the part on “The Big Bang Theory.”

Lance Barber has the meaty role of his tough-talking father George who, as per the timeline on “The Big Bang Theory,” dies when Sheldon is 14. The actor appeared in a season five episode of “The Big Bang Theory” as the high school nemesis of Leonard (Johnny Galecki). Raegan Revord is set to play Sheldon’s older sibling, George, Jr., while Montana Jordan is to be his fraternal twin Missy.

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Jon Favreau, the actor turned director of various installments of “The Avengers” movie franchise as well as “The Jungle Book,” is helming the first episode of the series which springs from the minds of “The Big Bang Theory” co-creator Chuck Lorre and current showrunner Steve Molaro. Both are also executive producing as is Parsons and his partner Todd Spiewak.

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