It's official now, as CBS has confirmed that a prequel to the much popular "Big Bang Theory" series is on the cards. According to a report which was published in the 'The Hollywood Reporter' on March 13, 2017, CBS has given a straight-to-series order for the 2017-18 broadcast season for Young Sheldon.

The confirmation from producers Warner Bros Television and the broadcaster CBS has created tremendous excitement among the fans of the series. The finalization of the episode count will be made in the coming days. The story of young Sheldon is created by the series' creator Lorre and showrunner Molaro, while Bill Prady, another co-creator of this series is not attached to this prequel.

Jon Favreau will direct the upcoming series.

The life of young Sheldon Cooper

The 30 minutes single-camera comedy will revolve around the life of a 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper who is now living in Texas along with his family. He is now going to high school, and his adventures form the major part of the series.

"Big Bang Theory" was aired for ten seasons, and throughout the series, various references were made regarding Sheldon's childhood. In the previous installments of the series, the creators have indicated that the Sheldon was a boy with extraordinary talents, and he is living along with his mom who is very religious.

Iain Armitage as young Sheldon

It has been confirmed that the 'Big Little Lies' actor Iain Armitage will be playing the young version of Sheldon Cooper, while Zoe Perry will portray the character of his mother.

According to a report from the THR, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord, and Montana-Jordan have also been roped in to play crucial roles in this series. However, details regarding their roles have been still kept under the wraps.

The "Big Bang Theory" is currently in its 10th season of the telecast, and is the No 1 comedy show on prime time.

The series is aired on Thursdays at 08.00 PM EST.The full episodes are available at tv.com, while short clips can be watched on the official website of Cbs.