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No 'Magnum P.I.' Role for Matthew McConaughey

November 21, 2008, 4:15 am GMT

'Magnum P.I.' remake producer Brian Grazer has slammed down speculation that Matthew McConaughey will star as the Hawaiian private investigator.

Matthew McConaughey

Though earlier reports suggested that Matthew McConaughey was offered the lead role in "Magnum P.I." remake, producer Brian Grazer said otherwise. Putting off the flame on the rumor, the producer of "American Gangster" was quick to reject the casting rumor, stating simply to MTV Movies Blog, "No."

Further on the matter, he explained that his idea for the casting right now is not looking for someone to replace the original Thomas Magnum, Tom Selleck. "I think the idea for 'Magnum P.I.' is to find a counterpoint," he said. "To not try and find the new Tom Selleck but to find someone that is just so different that you go, oh my God! That guy is Magnum?!?"

Confirming that the script has already been written, Grazer still insisted that the feature project will need to find the right cast. "It's so much about casting," the 57-year-old emphasized. "You have to find the actor that adds through his own personality something to the title."

A film version of the popular 1980s television series about the adventures of Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living in Oahu, Hawaii, "Magnum P.I." is said to be directed and penned by "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" filmmaker, Rawson Marshall Thurber. This Universal Pictures production is expected to be finished in 2009.

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