Wilmer Valderrama has been tapped to play Zorro in a brand new series from Disney Branded Television.
The dormant Zorro franchise is set to get a fresh reboot from Disney Branded Television. The literary character first made his debut in 1919, though the swashbuckling savior is most well known for his serial and cinematic appearances. The most famous Zorro project came from Disney in the late 50s. The titular series, which starred Guy Williams, ran for over 75 episodes, making the hero a household name all across North America.
Antonio Banderas most recently appeared as the masked vigilante in a series of films, the first titled The Mask of Zorro, which was released in 1998. The film proved to be a success but its sequel, The Legend of Zorro, didn’t receive the same love both critically and financially.
The character is now set to return with That ’70s Show star Wilmer Valderrama taking on the role of the masked hero. Valderrama will be executive producing the series, which is currently in the world with Disney Branded Television.
Ayo Davis, President of Disney Branded Television, described the series as a reimagining of the classic Disney series starring Guy Williams.
“We’re reimagining this Disney classic as a compelling period piece, set in Pueblo de Los Angeles, but told in a very modern telenovela style — with richly drawn contemporary characters and relationships set against the action, drama, suspense and humor of the original, iconic Zorro. Wilmer shares our commitment to reflect the interesting and rich diversity of the human experience and we look forward to delivering a culturally relevant and entertaining story with definitional characters that will connect with our viewers for generations to come.”
Currently, in its early stages, concrete details regarding the series are slim. It’s certainly interesting to see Davis tout the series as one that will be told in a telenovela style. The framework for telenovela has largely been used for family dramas, so it will be interesting to see the foundation be translated for an action series. It’s uncertain on what platform or channel the Zorro series will air on, but it seems to be a perfect fit for Hulu, Disney’s more mature streaming service.