Tom Selleck Turned Down Role On ‘Magnum P.I.’ Reboot?

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Tom Selleck Magnum PI Reboot

By Andrew Shuster |

Tom Selleck Magnum PI Reboot

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Did Tom Selleck really turn down the role of an “aging mentor” on CBS’ upcoming “Magnum P.I.” reboot? One of this week’s tabloids claims the actor wants nothing to do with the updated version of his classic ’80s series, but Gossip Cop looked into the situation and we’ve exclusively learned the truth.

CBS announced last month that it’s revamping “Magnum P.I.,” which starred Selleck as a former soldier who resigns from the military to become a private investigator in Hawaii. The popular series ran for eight seasons from 1980 to 1988, but according to the latest issue of Star, the 72-year-old actor isn’t happy about a younger man taking on the role he originated. A so-called “source” tells the magazine, “They wanted Tom to portray Magnum’s aging mentor, but he doesn’t want to play some old guy.”

“Tom is too old to play a thirtysomething action hero, and hearing their suggestion just reminded him of his age,” adds the questionable insider. “So, he’s totally soured on the whole thing; he wants no part of it.” But Gossip Cop checked in with Selleck’s rep, who exclusively assures us the tabloid’s report is “completely made-up and not true.”

Although Selleck isn’t currently attached to the reboot, which is still in the early stages of development, he hasn’t nixed the idea of appearing on the show. In fact, when The Hollywood Reporter announced last month that “Magnum P.I.” is getting a reboot on CBS, the magazine noted that Selleck currently stars on the CBS series “Blue Bloods,” so “given his connection to the network, it’s not hard to see a cameo.”

Additionally, this isn’t the first time Star has falsely claimed that the original lead of a project was upset about losing their role to a younger performer. Gossip Cop previously busted the tabloid for alleging Angelina Jolie turned a cameo in the Tomb Raider reboot because she was angry about Alicia Vikander taking over. This similar narrative surrounding Selleck and “Magnum P.I.” is equally bogus.

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