ByCraig Whyel, writer at
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Craig Whyel

News is afoot that Hollywood, in its never-ending yearning to redo every television show or movie that’s ever drawn a dime, is at work to redo the classic show, MacGyver.

MacGyver, which ran from 1985 to 1992, was about a secret agent who could blow up a building with bubble gum, a paper clip and bird poop - he was that damn knowledgeable.

He remains a cult favorite and the show's enduring popularity spawned the Saturday Night Live parody - which became a 2010 movie - MacGruber.

Will Forte played MacGruber.
Will Forte played MacGruber.

MacGyver starred Richard Dean Anderson in the title role. He was also best known for his work on General Hospital and Stargate SG-1.

CBS is working on the newest version, which will be directed and executively produced by James Wan (Furious 7) and Henry Winkler (Fonzie from Happy Days).

The newest version of MacGyver will show the formidable agent as a recruit and, subsequently, he will be a bit younger than the original incarnation.

The strategy will enable producers to go with a 20-something lead who, presumably, will be much cheaper than an older, more "known" actor.

The new MacGyver will still have to be intelligent and physical without being overly intense or brooding. What made the original so popular was that the character was personable.

With that in mind, I am going to jump into the speculation game (solely for fun), and offer my suggestions for the new MacGyver.

Also, keep in mind that there were a large number of potential candidates who immediately came to mind but I dismissed them because they’re largely working in movies and, as a result, likely wouldn’t be available for the longterm rigors of a continuing role in a television series.

Should you have any ideas, feel free to please add them in the comment section below:

Hunter Parish

The look is certainly right.
The look is certainly right.

He has a good mix of film and TV work, most notably Weeds and Hand of God. He also has an even balance of a cerebral and physical presence while possessing the requisite physical attractiveness for any part. Probably a bit older than the producer’s stated age range but he looks younger than his age.

Alexander Ludwig

In some photos, he actually resembles Richard Dean Anderson. He is tall, handsome, fit, and an appropriate age that would suit producers.

Ben Hardy

He does have an accent.
He does have an accent.

A recent Hollywood arrival from the UK where he starred in the famous Eastenders, a nighttime BBC soap. He has an excellent physical presence but is also bright and adaptable.

Ryan Paevey

A model and soap actor
A model and soap actor

Probably just a little too old for the producer’s liking, but he's an unknown newcomer whose best known credit is his continuing role on General Hospital. On the other hand, he brings the looks (he is also a model) and intelligence that could easily fit in the part of a recruit agent.

Adam Gregory

Why not him?
Why not him?

Attractive young actor whose resume is largely TV work. He is best known for his work on 90210 and The Bold and the Beautiful. Physical and bright, he is not too intense or brooding and is in the right age range.


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