Disney’s ABC Signature Studios has been developing a new series for Disney+ based on the popular “National Treasure” films for a while.
This new series tells the story of Jess (Lisette Alexis), a Latina whose brilliant and resourceful mind loves a good mystery, and she has a natural talent for solving puzzles. Over the course of the show, Jess will uncover her own buried history, as well as the truth about her parents and her connection to a long-lost treasure.
The pilot episode will be written by Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, who helped write the original films. The series will also be directed by Mira Nair. The original film’s producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub are going to be executive producers on the series, along with Cormac & Marianne Wibberley, KristieAnne Reed, and Rick Muirragui, who also serves as a writer on the show.
New casting details have been revealed by Deadline. The new series will also star Lyndon Smith (Parenthood), Zuri Reed (Flatbush Misdemeanors), Jake Austin Walker (12 Mighty Orphans), Antonio Cipriano (Jagged Little Pill) and Jordan Rodrigues (Light as a Feather).
Lyndon Smith will play FBI Agent Ross. Ross was top-of-her-class at Quantico and was given a top assignment in D.C. But after she made a near career-ending mistake, she was reassigned to the Baton Rouge field office. When Jess (Alexis) and Tasha (Reed) show up at her office asking for help, it’s Ross’s chance to prove herself by uncovering the truth about Jess and her mysterious connection to the treasure.
Zuri Reed will be playing Tasha, who met Jess (Alexis) in high school, and they’ve been each other’s ride-or-die ever since. Tasha is fiercely independent, a social media personality, and a tech genius, who uses her platform to fight for privacy and rally against big corporations. But when she joins the treasure hunt, she’s forced to reevaluate her belief system to help her best friend.
Jordan Rodrigues will play Ethan. Golden boy Ethan and Jess have been best friends since her mother Manuela tutored them as children, and Ethan’s loved Jess since the day they met. A Type-A rule-follower, Ethan will have to learn to relax his grip if he wants to be helpful on the treasure hunt.
Antonio Cipriano portrays Oren, a lovable but self-obsessed, goofball with an encyclopedic knowledge of conspiracy theories, sneakers, and business. He’ll spend the season attempting to win back Tasha’s affections and slowly learn that real love requires personal sacrifice.
Jane Austin Walker will play Liam, a swoon-worthy, struggling musician with a permanent chip on his shoulder who comes from a long line of treasure hunters. When his estranged grandfather passes away and Jess shows up talking about a lost treasure connected to his family, Liam finds himself magnetically drawn to Jess and the promise of fulfilling his late father’s treasure-hunting dreams.
No details have been provided on when the series will be going into production or when it’s likely to arrive on Disney+.
The first two “National Treasure” films are available on Disney+ now.
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