Wilmer Valderrama of NCIS is preparing for a decidedly unprecedented adventure: he will be one of the most loved bandits in literature and cinema, the legendary Zorro, in the new Disney + series, announced last December. The actor spoke about it for the first time live during an interview at the The Drew Barrymore Showpromising a show that will appeal especially to the youngest.
Wilmer Valderrama assured that his “will be a Zorro for this generation“. The former star of That ’70s Show, which will also return in the newly announced Netflix reboot, has however ensured that the desire for novelty does not mean betraying tradition. This version of Zorro, in fact, will be “incredibly respectful of its origin story, and will be based on authenticity“, Confirmed the actor.
Wilmer Valderrama was confirmed to lead the cast of the series in the announcement released by Disney at the end of 2021: in the short synopsis that accompanied the news, we read the desire to bring to the screens of the newborn streaming service “richly hatched contemporary characters“, but also “the action, drama, suspense and humor of the original, iconic Zorro“. A long tradition declined in the present, therefore: the character of Zorro appeared for the first time in Johnston McCulley’s 1919 novel The curse of Capistrano and a year later the silent film came out The brand of Zorrofollowed by numerous other film and television adaptations, including a hugely popular series created by Disney and two films starring Antonio Bandaras as the famous masked executioner.
For Wilmer Valderrama, playing Zorro also means paying tribute to one of the few heroes of popular culture in which he felt he could identify as a child as a child of Latin origins, as he explained by announcing his arrival in the new Disney production. It is still unclear whether this new commitment will keep him away from the set of NCIS 20.
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