‘NCIS’: What Does Wilmer Valderrama’s ‘Zorro’ Role Mean for His Future on the Show?

by Taylor Cunningham
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Wilmer Valderrama’s new gig with Disney may spell trouble for his character on NCIS.

Long-running NCIS cast member Wilmer Valderrama will be the lead star in Disney’s upcoming Zorro reboot. And the future Don Diego de la Vega (Zorro) isn’t just going to be acting for the movie. He’ll also serve as an executive producer.

And the news of Valderrama’s new project comes only two months after the actor shared that he’s writing and producing a new comedy for CBS called Mexican Beverly Hills.

So with everything that Wilmer Valderrama has going on, will he still have time to continue working on NCIS?

As of now, the Nick Torres actor hasn’t given any hints about staying with or leaving NCIS. And the series hasn’t left any spoilers on its social media pages either.

However, it does seem plausible that Valderrama will retire his role. Not only is he tied up with multiple projects, but Torres is also struggling with his career this season, which could be the beginning of an exit.

So for now, we should all enjoy every bit of time we have with Wilmer Valderrama on NCIS. Because it will be no surprise if his character has a surprising and dramatic ending very soon.

Why Starring in ‘Zorro’ is ‘NCIS’ Star Wilmer Valderrama’s ‘Dream’

On December 14th, Disney Branded Television announced that Wilmer Valderrama will take on the lead of Don Diego de la Vega in the upcoming reboot of Zorro.

And the opportunity to work on the reimagined 1950s hit is a “dream” for the NCIS star.

“Growing up, Zorro was the one character that made me, as a Latino, feel like I could be a hero,” Valderrama said in a statement. “As an adult and a storyteller, I have a responsibility in the stories that I help bring to life.”

The former That 70s Show actor will also produce the series alongside Disney’s Gary Marsh. And Zorro isn’t the first time that Wilmer Valderrama has partnered with Disney. In the past, the actor worked on Onward and Wizards of Waverly Place. He also lent his voice to Agustin Madrigal in the new animated film Encanto.

However, Zorro will serve as Valderrama’s first long-term project with the production company. And Disney is proud to have him.

“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 Branded Television Ayo Davis shared.

“To bring Zorro back into the family after 60 years,” Valderrama added, “and be a part of the legacy for other children to know they too can be the heroes of their own stories is a dream come true.”