Original Stars Return to ‘Dallas,’ as Remake Casts Its New J.R.

by | February 2, 2011 at 2:42 PM | TV News

Larry Hagman as the original J.R. on 'Dallas'; and the next J.R., Josh Henderson (Photo: CBS/Getty Images)

Larry Hagman as the original J.R. on 'Dallas'; and the next J.R., Josh Henderson (Photo: CBS/Getty Images)


Joining the new stars of TNT’s remake of “Dallas” will be…the old stars of “Dallas,” the network announced Tuesday.

Larry Hagman will return as oil baron and family patriarch J.R. Ewing, joined by Linda Gray as his ex-wife Sue Ellen and Patrick Duffy as J.R.’s younger brother Bobby.

The modern version of the series, which ran from 1978 to 1991, will focus on the younger generation of the Ewing clan as the offspring of the Texas titans clash over the future of the family dynasty in Southfork.

Josh Henderson (“Desperate Housewives“) has already been cast as J.R.’s son John Ross. Jordana Brewster (“Fast & Furious“) will play Elena, who is involved in a love triangle with John Ross and Christopher (a role yet to be cast), the adopted son of Bobby and Pam Ewing.

Cynthia Cidre, who wrote “The Mambo Kings” movie and produced the CBS series “Cane,” has written the pilot for the new series. Michael M. Robin of “The Closer” is the director and executive producer of the pilot.