Introducing Young Gibbs: Mark Harmon's 'NCIS: Origins' Finds Its Star

A fresh face for a beloved character's early days

by Zain ul Abedin
Introducing Young Gibbs: Mark Harmon's 'NCIS: Origins' Finds Its Star
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In a thrilling new development for fans of the iconic "NCIS" franchise, Austin Stowell is set to portray a youthful Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the eagerly anticipated prequel series, "NCIS: Origins." This CBS series aims to shed light on the formative years of the character originally brought to life by Mark Harmon, providing a fresh perspective on his early career.

"NCIS: Origins" will transport viewers back to 1991, delving into Gibbs' initial steps as a special agent at the nascent NCIS Camp Pendleton office. Audiences will be treated to the compelling journey of a young Gibbs integrating into a gritty, eclectic team under the guidance of the legendary Mike Franks.

This narrative promises to enrich the "NCIS" lore, offering insights into Gibbs' development into the steadfast leader fans have come to admire.

Stowell Steps into Gibbs

At 39, Austin Stowell brings a robust portfolio to the role, with notable performances in a variety of TV and film projects.

Stowell's versatility is evident from his roles in "The Hating Game," a romantic comedy where he starred alongside Lucy Hale, to significant appearances in "A Friend of the Family," "Breathe," "Catch-22," "Bridge of Spies," "Battle of the S-xes," "12 Strong," "Whiplash," and "Colossal." His casting as young Gibbs is a testament to his acting prowess and the depth he can bring to this complex character.

Mark Harmon, who bid farewell to his iconic role four episodes into the 19th season of "NCIS," is set to contribute to "NCIS: Origins" not just as its narrator but also as an executive producer. His involvement, along with that of his son Sean Harmon - who has previously portrayed a young Gibbs - ensures that the legacy of Gibbs is in safe hands.

The series will also benefit from the seasoned expertise of Gina Lucita Monreal and David J. North, both of whom have a decade's experience writing for the main "NCIS" series and will serve as co-showrunners and executive producers.

With a straight-to-series order already secured for the 2024-2025 broadcast season, "NCIS: Origins" is poised to captivate the franchise's loyal fanbase and attract new viewers. This series represents an exciting new chapter in the "NCIS" saga, promising to deliver the perfect blend of nostalgia and fresh storytelling.