According to People, Disney Branded Television announced that the NCIS castmate will lead a reimagined version of the company’s series Zorro. Valderrama will star as Don Diego de la Vega and the character’s alter ego Zorro. He is also serving as one of the upcoming show’s executive producers.
In a statement, the NCIS star then shared that Zorro was the one character that made him, as a Latino, feel like he could be a hero. “As an adult and a storyteller, I have a responsibility in the stories that I help bring to life.”
The NCIS actor also stated that to partner with executive producer Gary Marsh and Disney to bring Zorro back. The show ended 60 years ago. And it’s a dream for him to work on the project. Ayo Davis, President of Disney Branded Television says Valderrama shares the company’s commitment to reflect the interesting and rich diversity of the human experience.
Davis then added, “We look forward to delivering a culturally relevant and entertaining story. With definitional characters that will connect with our viewers for generations to come.”
Disney’s original Zorro series was led by Guy Williams. It aired from 1957 to 1959 for 78 episodes. The series followed Don Diego de la Vega as he stood up for the poor and took on corrupt individuals. The show also inspired two films, The Sign of Zorro and Zorro the Avenger.
Along with Zorro, the NCIS cast member has also teamed up with Disney on various projects throughout the years. This includes Onward and Wizards of Waverly Place. Most recently, he was the voice of Agustin Madrigal in the new film Encanto.
‘NCIS’ Star Wilmer Valderrama Reflects on His Success as a Latino Actor in Hollywood
During a recent interview with Good Housekeeping, NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama spoke about what was like for him starting off in the entertainment industry as a Latino actor. “I was pretty naive and innocent to the conversation about diversity, inclusion, and representation,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the actor also shares how much of a blessing it was for him to have the opportunity to be Fez on The 70s Show. “It was my first break,” the NCIS cast member then declares. “Those first couple of years I was treated like an equal. I was treated like an actor who was delivering the funny. I felt like I was doing my part. And I was doing it with the level of integrity that just made me feel good.”
The NCIS actor then admitted that he didn’t really understand the magnitude of what his role represented for the Latino community. “Until a couple of years later, when people realized I was Latino.”