We’ve known Disney+ has been producing since last year a new National Treasure tv show without original film series star Nicolas Cage, but we now know at least one familiar face who will drop by to uncover some more historically significant artifacts – and thankfully, it’s not right-wing creep Jon Voight who shouldn’t be trusted anywhere near the building’s raid of the National Archives when it is so close to the Capitol. Anyway, we’re talking about Justin Bartha, the Miscellaneous guy from the National Treasure movies.
Playing squirrel technician Riley Poole in the films, Bartha offered a funnier, more youthful energy to … you know, counter Nicolas Cage’s whole thing, and The Hollywood Reporter says He will reprise his role on the series as a “guest star.” So far, Disney has been a little quiet on how, if at all, the series would tie into the films, saying it’s more of an “expansion” to the series than a reboot or a sequel, but the inclusion of Riley at least lays some ground firmly establishes some sort of connective tissue between this one and the movies (which means Cage might show up eventually too, but since this is on Disney+ he’ll likely just be a CG creature that gets worse and worse looking the more they show him).
Except for Bartha, who National Treasure The show will star Lisette Alexis as a “brilliant and imaginative DREAMER” named Jess Catherine Zeta-Jones plays a billionaire who is likely a villain. Zuri Reed, Jordan Rodrigues, Antonio Cipriano, Jake Austin Walker and Lyndon Smith will also join Jess as she searches for a “lost Pan-American treasure” and learns about a mysterious family secret.
There’s no word on when the show will premiere, but it’s currently filming, so it might take a little while (they don’t just have to break up film, but they need to find a computer that can handle the creation of a CG Nicolas Cage).
https://www.avclub.com/justin-bartha-national-treasure-disney-plus-1848780683 Justin Bartha from the National Treasure films will be starring on the show