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‘NCIS: Origins’ Has Found Their Young Leroy Jethro Gibbs

‘NCIS: Origins’ Has Found Their Young Leroy Jethro Gibbs

NCIS: Origins has cast Austin Stowell (from Peacock’s A Friend of the Family) as the young Leroy Jethro Gibbs for the upcoming prequel. The upcoming series is set in 1991 and will delve into Gibbs’ early career in the Navy’s criminal investigations branch.

This timeline, occurring 12 years before the start of NCIS, aligns with Mark Harmon’s age of 51 when he first portrayed the character in the predecessor series JAG in 2003.

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Austin Stowell, the new Leroy Jethro Gibbs in ‘NCIS: Origins’ (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)

NCIS: Origins is slated to join CBS’ 2024-25 lineup. The network granted the show a straight-to-series order in early January. The CBS Studios franchise currently includes the long-running main series, now in its 21st season; the 3-year-old spinoff NCIS: Hawai’i; NCIS: Sydney, the inaugural international iteration of the series.

There’s also an upcoming Paramount+ spinoff that will see the return of former regulars Cote de Pablo and Michael Weatherly.

Mark Harmon is Also Set to Reprise Gibbs for ‘NCIS: Origins’

Harmon, who left NCIS during the 19th season, will act as an executive producer and narrator for Origins. Harmon’s son Sean, known for portraying a young Gibbs in flashbacks on multiple NCIS episodes, is also an executive producer. Mark Harmon played the role of Gibbs in NCIS for 18 seasons starting in 2003.

The prequel follows Gibbs as he embarks on his journey as a fresh special agent at the newly established NCIS Camp Pendleton office. Assigned to a determined, unconventional team under the leadership of NCIS icon Mike Franks. Franks was portrayed by Muse Watson in the original series.

NCIS veterans David J. North and Gina Lucita Monreal are crafting the premiere episode and will jointly lead as co-showrunners for the prequel. They also hold executive producer roles alongside Mark and Sean Harmon.

Austin Stowell has an impressive resume, with appearances in Hulu’s Catch-22, and the Showtime-to-Starz miniseries Three Women. He’s also appeared in feature films like Bridge of Spies and Battle of the Sexes. Not to mention, he also made a mark in the NCIS franchise. He guest-starred in a 2010 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles.

Stowell’s casting as the younger Gibbs on NCIS: Origins was revealed shortly after Paramount+ announced on Feb. 28 that a new “NCIS” spinoff with Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) and Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) had been greenlit for 10 episodes.