Jay Hernandez is the new Magnum PI

The new Magnum PI: Jay Hernandez is stepping into the shoes of Tom Selleck.
Jay Hernandez; Tom Selleck Photo credit: CBS

Jay Hernandez is stepping into the shoes of Tom Selleck as Magnum PI in a reboot of the classic TV show, according to Variety.

The Hostel and Suicide Squad star will play Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.

In the original, Selleck played a Vietnam veteran also named Thomas Magnum. He was a generally laid-back person, working out of a Hawaii mansion owned by a never-seen wealthy benefactor.

His moustache and Hawaiian shirts - always open enough to reveal a very hairy chest - formed an iconic look.

The Magnum PI reboot will be written and produced by Peter Lenkov, who is also behind the current reboots of Hawaii Five-O and MacGyver.

Justin Lin, of Fast and Furious fame, will direct the first episode and executive produce the series.


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