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NCIS: Origins Casts Mariel Molino as Female Lead Opposite Austin Stowell — Will ‘Sparks’ Fly With Young Gibbs?

Young Gibbs just got some company. Mariel Molino (ABC’s Promised Land) has been cast opposite Austin Stowell in CBS’ upcoming prequel series NCIS: Origins, our sister site Deadline reports.

Molino will portray Special Agent Lala Dominguez, a former Marine with a dark sense of humor. Per CBS’ official description, “when a tormented Leroy Jethro Gibbs joins her team, the ensuing story between these two enigmatic outsiders is filled with sparks and turns that will keep the audience guessing.”

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The newest chapter in the NCIS franchise, which is set shortly after the death of Gibbs’ first wife, will be narrated by Mark Harmon, who portrayed the character for 19 seasons on the flagship series.

Origins picks up in 1991, just as Gibbs is starting his career as a newly minted Special Agent at the fledgling NIS Camp Pendleton office. There, Jethro forges his place on a gritty, ragtag team led by franchise legend Mike Franks (who was played on the mothership by Muse Watson). TVLine previously reported that NCIS: Origins will also feature a young version of Special Agent Vera Strickland, Franks’ onetime partner played by Roma Maffia in a Season 11 NCIS episode.

Mark Harmon’s son Sean Harmon — who has played a younger version of Gibbs in several NCIS flashbacks, and who came up with the idea for NCIS: Origins — will executive-produce the new series along with his dad and co-showrunners Gina Lucita Monreal and David J. North.

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