Zorro: the new Disney+ series has found its hero and its showrunner
< strong>Masked vigilante Don Diego de la Vega is back in Zorro, a Disney+ series that boasts a seasoned showrunner.
< strong>Disney has definitely decided to reboot all dormant franchisesor partially asleep, likely (or not) to arouse even an ounce of interest for the spectators. While a Planet of the Apes movie is planned and Pirates of the Caribbean 6 still isn't dead, the company is also leaning into its platform to revive < strong>Benjamin Gates, with the series Lost Treasures: Moctezuma's Secret, but also Percy Jackson and the Olympians and… drum roll.. .Zorro.
The masked hero created in 1919 by Johnston McCulley has had so many adaptations that it is impossible to name them all here, but among the most emblematic, we obviously remember the Mask of Zorro: the movie ultimate cloak and dagger with Antonio Banderas as the vigilante. While Amazon is developing its series on a young Zorro, Disney has also decided to bring Don Diego de la Vega back to life.
According to news outlet Deadline, Bryan Cogman will officiate as showrunner. Writer and producer of Game of Thrones, Bryan Cogman also worked on The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power as a producer and also wrote the screenplay for the live-action remake of Merlin the Wizard for Disney, which doesn't yet have an official release date, but should be coming to Disney+.
As for casting,Don Diego de la Vega will be played by Wilmer Valderrama, best known for his roles in NCIS: Special Investigations and That '70s Show. Also according to Deadline,the series will follow Zorro's origins as we find Diego De La Vega as he returns to his hometown of El Pueblo de Los Angeles where he discovers corruption and the injustice, which will push him to take on the role of the masked vigilante Zorro.
The outlet also shared the studio's words, which hint that the series will modernize the masked hero:
“Zoro will be a bold reinterpretation of the classic Disney series for modern audiences, an epic adventure that will tap into California's rich and diverse culture, brimming with humor, of a sinister plot, romantic stories and thrills.”
Despite this update, the series should still take place in the 19th century and therefore, it is well equipped with his sword that we should find the hero. No release date has yet been announced, but the arrival of Bryan Cogman at the head of the project is rather promising. So it remains to be seen which of the Disney series, the Amazon series, or the France Télévisions series starring Jean Dujardin will arrive first.