the upcoming spinoff of the popular National Treasure films has found its new co-lead in Catherine Zeta-Jones. She will star opposite Lisette Alexis, who was cast back in October after her breakout role in Total Eclipse. Jerry Bruckheimer returns to executive produce the project with Jon Turteltaub set to direct, as well as Marianne and Cormac Wibberley set to write the series. It won’t be a direct adaptation of the original film series and there’s no word we should expect familiar faces to make an appearance.
The story focused on Alexis‘ Jess, who is a dreamer hoping to find answers on her family and embarks on an adventure that will lead her to uncover a lost Pan-American treasure – wouldn’t be a National Treasure film without one. Zeta-Jones will take on the role of Billie, who will race for the same treasure, as it not only has a monetary value but also a deeper connection to the character, who grew to become a black market specialist after growing up penniless.
She will join additional series regulars Zuri Reed, Jake Austin Walker, Jordan Rodrigues, Antonio Cipriano, and Lyndon Smith. Production is currently eyeing a start this month in Baton Rouge. It’ll be interesting to see how they tackle the franchise’s overall atmosphere and Indiana Jones-inspired adventure atmosphere.