‘National Treasure’ Is Being Rebooted on Disney+ With a Latina Lead, And She’s a DREAMer!
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Look, the 2004 movie “National Treasure” may be corny, but it’s also a classic. We’ll admit that we’ve revisited the movie a few times over the years, and hey, it holds up!
After all, who doesn’t want to see Nicolas Cage steal the Declaration of Independence in order to find a mountain of hidden treasure? So, if you’re a fan of the original movie, we have good news for you.
Disney+ just announced that they’re rebooting “National Treasure” as a series. And, this time, the main character will be Latina!
You heard it here first, folks. According to Deadline, the series’ protagonist will be a twenty-year-old Latina named Jess Morales. Throughout the course of the series, Morales will “uncover her mysterious family history and recover lost treasure”.
And to make things even more exciting, Deadline also reported that Jess Morales will be a DREAMer! In addition, Morales will have a “diverse group of friends” who will help her in her adventure. Sounds a lot different than the completely-white 2004 cast.
And unlike the original, apolitical movies, the “National Treasure” reboot will explore issues of “identity, community, historical authorship and patriotism”.
Sounds juicy! While the original Nicolas Cage movies were fun, they definitely never looked at American history through a critical lens. The 2004 movie was much more about finding hidden treasure than exploring what it means to be a person of color in 21st century America.
The fact that the lead of the “National Treasure” reboot is Latina signals to the audience that there are different ways to be American. Being a white male (like Nicolas Cage) doesn’t make you “more American” than being a person of color does.
Of course, Twitter users couldn’t help but express their opinions about the “National Treasure” reboot.
This person made an on-point observation about how the premise of the “National Treasure” reboot sounds suspiciously familiar…
But Dora the Explorer alredy exist— ShameHero (@DarkwingFat) March 24, 2021
Jess Morales won’t be the first Latina to use a map to find hidden treasure!
And of course, there were the haters that were mad that the hero of “National Treasure” will no longer be an old white dude.
This man doesn’t sound bitter at all…
And naturally, there was plenty of Latino talent ready to throw their hat in the ring.
We can’t wait to see who Disney+ casts to play Jess Morales! We need as many Latinos represented on screen as we can get.
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