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USA network CBS has confirmed that The Big Bang Theory spin-off series, Young Sheldon, is going into production and will focus on the childhood years of central character Sheldon Cooper.

CBS said Sheldon will be played by Iain Armitage. The spinoff will center around a 9-year-old Sheldon in High School as he tries to fit in with the bullies and the angsty teenagers.

It's been created by Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro, the executive producers behind the original show.

It's a confirmed hypothesis: The Big Bang Theory's breakout character is a getting a spin-off prequel show.

The spinoff, Young Sheldon, is set to debut in the fall with Iain Armitage playing the title character.

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A "Big Bang Theory" spin-off has officially been given the green light.

Zoe will star as Mary Cooper, mum to Sheldon. For those who don't follow the show, it will revisit the childhood of TBBT star Jim Parsons' notoriously brilliant but hard character. Interestingly the actress' real-life mother Lauri Metcalf plays Sheldon's present-day on Big Bang. "So many kids sent in [tapes] and it was really overwhelming".

Jim Parsons plays grown-up Sheldon on the network's hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Instead, it will be shot with a single-camera style akin to that of Malcolm in the Middle - only with a younger Sheldon as a lead. However, this show will have a different format from what The Big Bang Theory fans are used to, and a former Marvel director will be behind the camera for it.

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves hinted at a conference last week that the show will likely air after Big Bang next season.

CBS boss Les Moonves has also revealed that the cast are now going under negotiations to renew their contracts for two more seasons.