Zuri Reed is set to star opposite Lisette Alexis in Disney’s National Treasure, the tv series, as a series regular. Lyndon Smith, Antonio Cipriano, and Jordan Rodrigues have also been cast.
The project which is an expansion of the National Treasure movie franchise will be told from the point of view of young heroine Jess, a DREAMer who loves a good mystery and is a natural puzzler solver. She embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to learn the truth about the past and save a lost Pan-American treasure. 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 project comes from National Treasure films’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Jon Turteltaub, and writers Marianne and Cormac Wibberley. The Wibberleys wrote the pilot episode and it will be directed by Mira Nair.
Reed will play Tasha, Jess’ best friend since high school. 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.
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 and Tasha (Reed) show up at her office asking for help, it’s Ross’ chance to prove herself by uncovering the truth about Jess and her mysterious connection to the treasure.
Rodrigues is 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 hunt.
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.
Walker is 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.
Bruckheimer, Cormac & Marianne Wibberley, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed and Turteltaub executive produce the series alongside Rick Muirragui, who also serves as a writer.