‘NCIS: Hawai’i’: Meet the Show’s Second Female Lead Starring Alongside Vanessa Lachey

by Anna Dunn

Fans of the NCIS franchise have been waiting for more news on the new procedural, NCIS: Hawai’i. Finally, a new leading actress has been announced. Actress Yasmine Al-Bustami will star alongside Vanessa Lachey in the upcoming series.

Al-Bustami is best known for her work on The Originals on the CW. The actress and her family moved from Abu Dhabi to Texas when she was three. As a relatively new actress, it’ll be fun to see her take on the role of Lucy, a probation officer and junior member of the NCIS Hawai’i team.

According to TV Insider, Lucy is “confident in the way that reflects a lifetime of achievement and youthful enthusiasm.” and “eager to be the first one to find that key piece of evidence, create a workaround in the bureaucracy.”

Jason Antoon also Cast on ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’

Producers have cast Jason Antoon, a Tony award-winning actor, to play Cyber Intelligence Specialist, Ernie. Like cyber specialists on the other shows, Ernie is the go-to guy for all things tech. He’s “a polyglot with a keen mind for technology, history, literature, and all things Hawai’ian.”

Vanessa Lachey in the Leading Role

Vanessa Lachey will play the leading character, Special Agent Jane Tennant. In the show, Tennant will struggle with balancing work and her personal life. Lachey’s role is history-making for the procedural franchise. She’ll be the first-ever female lead on an NCIS show.

According to her character description, Tennant is “A woman in a male-dominated profession. She’s thrived in a system that’s pushed back every step of the way through equal parts confidence and strategy. She’s also a mother raising her children mostly on her own and has to balance her duty to her kids and her country.”

When it comes to plot, however, NCIS: Hawai’i will follow a similar trajectory to the other NCIS shows. There will be plenty of crime-related drama mixed in with the personal drama that characters have to face.

“Honored is an understatement!” Lachey said of playing Jane Tennant. “To join the NCIS franchise as the first female lead and to do it on the Beautiful Islands of Hawai’i… I still can’t believe it! Thank You, CBS for believing in me! Now let’s get to work!”

If Lachey seems familiar, it’s for a good reason. The actress has had roles in Hawaii Five-O, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Truth Be Told. She also hosted multiple reality shows. Most recently, Lachey co-hosted the hit Netflix dating show, Love is Blind.

It’s unlikely that the team will only be three members big, so more cast announcements will likely come soon. For NCIS fans, the addition of NCIS: Hawaii will likely be a great change of pace while staying true to the franchise at the same time.