Zachary Knighton cast as Rick Wright in Magnum P.I. reboot
The reboot of the classic 1980s Tom Selleck series follows Thomas Magnum (Hernandez), a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. With help from fellow vets Theodore “TC” Calvin and Orville “Rick” Wright (Knighton), as well as that of disavowed former MI-6 agent Juliet Higgins (Perdita Weeks), Magnum takes on the cases no one else will, helping those who have no one else to turn to.
Knighton’s character Rick is a former door gunner with the Marines, who now runs Oahu’s coolest nightclub. According to Magnum, Rick is well connected — if you want something on the island, Rick is the man to see. He is one of Magnum’s friends who were all POWs in Iraq together. Larry Manetti played Rick in the original series.
Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim will be on writing and executive producing duties. The two are already working together on the modern Hawaii Five-0, which is also on CBS. John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment will also serve as executive producers alongside Danielle Woodrow. Justin Lin is directing the pilot and getting executive producing credit. CBS Television Studios and Universal Television are co-producing the show.
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