Wilmer Valderrama Addresses Rumors About Nick Torres’ Future on “NCIS”

Worry not, “NCIS” fans—Wilmer Valderrama’s new role as Zorro in an upcoming Disney+ limited series won’t interfere with his current role on CBS’s top drama.

“NCIS has been and will be my home for a while,” Valderrama reassured TVInsider in April, confirming he has no plans to leave the show. He expressed enthusiasm about the developing friendship between his character, Nick Torres, and Jessica Knight (played by Katrina Law), hinting at significant changes for Knight’s persona.

“Torres is going to be very instrumental in the rebirth of Special Agent Knight. And I can’t tell you much more because the finale is going to be very definitive and it’s going to do a reconstruction and deconstruction of what you think you knew about her,” he shared.

The “Zorro” series, as reported by Variety, will be written, run, and executive produced by Bryan Cogman. Filming is expected to take place during Valderrama’s summer break from “NCIS,” aiming for a winter 2024 or 2025 release. Initially slated for a 2021 debut, the series faced delays, including the SAG-AFTRA strike.

Though additional casting details have not been announced, the official series logline states: “When tragedy strikes his family, privileged caballero Diego de la Vega (Valderrama) returns to his hometown of El Pueblo de Los Angeles and discovers a culture of corruption and injustice that will lead him to take on the mantle of the masked vigilante Zorro—America’s first true superhero.” It’s important to note that this project is unrelated to Paramount+’s upcoming “Zorro” series.

Valderrama’s immersion in the role of the Spanish hero has been significant, even leading to a humorous incident during an “NCIS” shoot.

Fans can rest assured that Valderrama’s commitment to “NCIS” remains strong as he takes on this exciting new project.