WATCH: The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon as a kid in new prequel Young Sheldon
The trailer for the new The Big Bang Theory prequel Young Sheldon is here.
The Big Bang Theory has teased the backstory of child prodigy Sheldon Cooper for ten seasons. Born to a religious family in East Texas, Sheldon started college aged 11 and received his first PHD in Theoretical Physics at just 16.
Now, in a new series produced by original Sheldon actor Jim Parsons, the story of Sheldon’s childhood is brought to life in a typically hilarious yet surprisingly heartwarming new five-minute trailer.
In the trailer, we meet a nine-year-old Sheldon (played by Big Little Lies actor Iain Armitage) as he begins high school. He’s just as much of a smart-ass and as rule-obsessed as adult Sheldon. A young and fiercely protective Mary Cooper (played by real-life daughter of Laurie Metcalf, Zoe Perry) tries to shield her son from the criticism of all those around him, but struggles to understand her son.
Then there’s Sheldon’s twin sister Missy (Raegan Revord) and older brother George Jr (Montana Jordan), who he describes as “apes”.
We also get a glimpse at Sheldon’s father George (Lance Barber), who died when Sheldon was young, for the first time in series canon. The father and son share a heartwarming moment as George warns his son about alienating his classmates.