Filming is underway on the upcoming Disney+ National Treasure series, but that isn’t stopping the studio from adding additional talent to the cast. According to Deadline, Jacob Vargas (Mr. Iglesias) has signed on to the project in what is being called a “heavily recurring role.”
The live-action series is an expansion of the National Treasure movie franchise centered on a young heroine, Jess (Lisette Alexis), a brilliant and resourceful DREAMer who embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to uncover the truth about her family’s mysterious past and save a lost Pan-American treasure.
Jacob Vargas is set to play Rafael a rugged, treasure-obsessed, adventurous soul with a good sense of humor.
Also set to appear in the highly anticipated series is Catherine Zeta-Jones (Ocean’s Twelve) as Billie, a badass billionaire, black-market antiquities expert and treasure hunter who lives by her own code; Zuri Reed (Flatbush Misdemeanors) as Tasha, Jess’ ride-or-die friend who joins the treasure hunt but is forced to reevaluate her belief system to help her best friend; Jordan Rodrigues (Lady Bird) as Ethan, Jess’ childhood best friend who has loved her since the day they met; Antonio Cipriano (Jagged Little Pill on Broadway) as Oren, a loveable but self-obsessed goofball with an encyclopedic knowledge of conspiracy theories that attempts to win back Tasha’s affections; Jake Austin Walker (Rectify) as Liam, a swoon-worthy struggling musician, with a permanent chip on his shoulder, who comes from a long line of treasure hunters. Jess recruits her friends to help uncover the truth about her parents and their connection to the treasure. Lyndon Smith (Parenthood) stars as FBI Agent Ross, who assists in the quest.
Franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer is executive producing alongside Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, Jonathan Littman, Kristie Anne Reed, and Rick Muirragui, who also serves as a writer. Jon Turteltaub, who directed the Nicolas Cage starring films is also an executive producer. Mira Nair is directing the series and executive producing.
A Disney Branded Television series, National Treasure is produced by ABC Signature, part of Disney Television Studios. Production is underway in Baton Rouge.