Young Gibbs Revealed: Austin Stowell to Star in NCIS: Origins Prequel!

Austin Stowell, known for his role in the Catch-22 TV series, is stepping into the iconic shoes of Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Stowell has been cast as the young Gibbs in CBS’ latest drama NCIS: Origins, a prequel to the long-running procedural series. The new show has received a straight-to-series order for the upcoming 2024-2025 broadcast season, with CBS Studios at the helm.

Narrated by Harmon himself, the series kicks off in 1991, delving into Gibbs’ earlier years before the events of NCIS. It follows Gibbs (played by Stowell) as he embarks on his career as a newly minted special agent at the nascent NIS Camp Pendleton office. There, he finds his place within a gritty, tight-knit team led by NCIS legend Mike Franks.

Mark Harmon, along with his son Sean Harmon—who previously portrayed Gibbs in flashbacks on NCIS—spearhead the prequel as executive producers. David J. North and Gina Lucita Monreal co-write the premiere episode and serve as co-showrunners.

Origins is one of the latest expansions of CBS Studios’ ever-growing NCIS franchise. It joins another recently greenlit extension—a Tony & Ziva spinoff set in Europe, starring Michael Weatherly and Cote De Pablo for Paramount+. These additions complement the ongoing success of the flagship series, now in its 21st season, as well as NCIS: Hawai’i, currently in its third season, and NCIS: Sydney, the franchise’s inaugural international installment.

In addition to his role in Catch-22, Stowell’s television credits include A Friend of the Family and Public Morals, with the upcoming Three Women on the horizon. He has also made notable appearances in feature films such as Battle of the Sexes, Bridge of Spies, and Whiplash, among others, showcasing his versatility as an actor.

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