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Austin Stowell Cast as Young Leroy Jethro Gibbs in ‘NCIS’ Spinoff [Video]

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Austin Stowell has big shoes to fill as he takes on a new role in CBS’ upcoming NCIS prequel series.

In a press release shared with PEOPLE, the network announced that the actor, 39, has been cast as a young Leroy Jethro Gibbs, initially portrayed by Mark Harmon, in the next installment of the crime-fighting franchise titled NCIS: Origins.

The series, which has been ordered for the 2024-2025 broadcast season, will begin in 1991 and tell the story of the years prior to NCIS. The story will follow Gibbs as he “starts his career as a newly minted special agent” on a “gritty, ragtag team led by NCIS legend Mike Franks.”

Austin Stowell in New York City on Sept. 28, 2022.

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While Stowell will be taking on the job of playing Gibbs on screen, Harmon will reprise his original role and narrate the series.

Harmon, 72, has starred …

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