This year has seen a significant change in the cast of NCIS. The CBS drama has announced the addition of two new series regulars, Gary Cole and Katrina Law, ahead of season 19. Then, four episodes into the season, Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs left the show, sh0ck1ng fans.
Now, star Wilmer Valderrama has sparked exit rumors of his own. Following the news that he’s landed a new, exciting lead role in another series.
Wilmer Valderrama, the star of ‘NCIS,’ has been cast as the next Zorro.
According to TV Fanatic, Valderrama has been cast as Don Diego de la Vega, aka Zorro, in a new reboot of the classic ABC drama. Guy Williams starred in the original Zorro series, which aired from 1957 to 1959.
Disney Branded Television is currently working on the live-action reboot. However, no official series order has been given. However, it appears that the series will be available on Disney+ soon.
Wilmer Valderrama’s favorite character is Zorro.
Valderrama said in a statement after his casting was announced that Zorro was an influential character in his childhood. He feels a responsibility as an adult to bring the story to life for a new generation of children.
“As a kid, Zorro was the one character who made me feel like I could be a hero as a Latino.” “I have a responsibility as an adult and a storyteller for the stories that I help bring to life,” Valderrama said.
“It’s a dream come true to collaborate with Gary [Marsh of Disney General Entertainment] and Disney to bring Zorro back into the family after 60 years and be a part of the legacy for other children to know they, too, can be the heroes of their own stories.”
Will the ‘NCIS’ star be the next to depart, following Mark Harmon?
It’s unclear whether Valderrama’s new role will require him to leave NCIS. However, a recent Instagram post has some fans convinced that he will be the next to leave TV’s most-watched show.
Valderrama shared a photo of himself getting ready to get into a black car while looking away from the camera. “There has been one consistent truth in my life, YOU have to believe it’s possible.. only you can make it all real!” he wrote in the caption.
Wilmer Valderrama encourages fans to have faith in themselves.
Valderrama went on to say that his fans will meet “beautiful souls” who will remind them of the potential of their self-commitment and inspire them to be accountable.
“However, YOU must be determined to never let yourself down…” Valderrama penned the piece. “Be focused on KNOWING that as long as YOU put in the hours and get up earlier than your doubts, you will continue to hack the laws of possibility and find the path to overcome and achieve.” Nothing I’m proud of has ever come to fruition without the audacity to believe.”
What will the new series from the ‘NCIS’ star look like?
Valderrama’s new series will introduce Zorro to a whole new generation. According to Parade Magazine, the original series was set in early California. It also followed “a masked avenger, the alter ego of the mild-mannered Don Diego de la Vega as he defended the poor and acted as the scourge of military tyrants on his black stallion, Tornado.”
According to Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, the Zorro reboot with Valderrama will be “a reimagining” of this Disney classic “as a compelling period piece.”
It will take place in Pueblo de Los Angeles but will be told “in a very modern telenovela style.”
The new series will feature “richly drawn contemporary characters and relationships set against the action, drama, suspense, and humor of the original, iconic Zorro,” according to Davis.
“Wilmer shares our commitment to reflecting the fascinating and diverse range of human experience,” Davis said. “And we look forward to delivering a culturally relevant and entertaining story with iconic characters that will captivate our audiences for generations to come.”
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