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Zorro series in development with Wilmer Valderrama

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Wilmer Valderrama is teaming up with Disney Branded Television to develop a new version of “Zorro”.

The actor is not only an executive producer, but will play Don Diego de la Vega – and his alter ego Zorro (the dashing swashbuckler).

Gary Marsh, outgoing president of Disney Branded Televisions, will also be executive producer under his new production banner at Disney General Entertainment. John Gertz of Zorro Productions, Inc. (“The Mask of Zorro”, “The Legend of Zorro”) is an additional executive producer.

“We reimagine this Disney classic as a compelling period piece, set in Pueblo Los Angeles, but told in a very modern telenovela style – with contemporary characters and relationships richly drawn against the action, drama, the suspense and humor of the original, iconic Zorro, ”said Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television on Tuesday.“ Wilmer shares our commitment to reflecting the interesting and rich diversity of the human experience and we look forward to delivering a culturally relevant and entertaining story with defining characters who will connect with our viewers for generations to come. ”

“Growing up, Zorro was the only character who made me, as a Latino, feel like I could be a hero,” Valderrama said in his statement. “As an adult and a storyteller, I have a responsibility for the stories I help bring to life. Partnering with Gary and Disney to bring Zorro back to the family after 60 and be a part of the legacy so other kids know they too can be the heroes of their own stories is a dream come true.

The original “Zorro” television series, which ran from 1957 to 1959, followed de la Vega as he defended the poor and fought against military tyrants, while riding his black stallion, Tornado.

Wilmer Valderrama (Rich Fury / Getty Images)