Justin Bruening is NBC’s Knight Rider

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“All My Children” star Justin Bruening is set as the lead in NBC’s two-hour pilot “Knight Rider,” a Transformers-inspired sequel to the 1980s series, which is slated to air as a movie later in the season.

The Hollywood Reporter says Bruening will play the son of Michael Knight, the character played by David Hasselhoff in the original series. And like father, like son, the choice of Bruening closely resembles Hasselhoff’s casting a quarter-century ago.

Like Bruening, Hasselhoff was a soap star (“The Young & the Restless”) with few other credits when he landed “Knight Rider.” He was almost the same age as Bruening, who is 28.

Steve Shill is set to direct and co-exec produce “Rider,” which was written by Dave Andron. Doug Liman and Dave Bartis are executive producing for Universal Media Studios and Dutch Oven Productions. Andron serves as supervising producer.