With a pilot directed by Mira Nair (‘Mississippi Masala’), the new series stars Lisette Olivera, Lyndon Smith, Zuri Reed, Jake Austin Walker, Antonio Cipriano, Jordan Rodrigues, and Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Moviefone recently had the pleasure of speaking with Catherine Zeta-Jones about her work on ‘National Treasure: Edge of History,’ why she wanted to be part of the series, and why fans of the movies will enjoy the new show.
You can read our full interview below or click on the video player above to watch our interviews with Zeta-Jones, Lisette Olivera, Lyndon Smith, Zuri Reed, Jake Austin Walker, Antonio Cipriano, and Jordan Rodrigues.
Moviefone: To begin with, at this point in your career, what intrigued you about playing this role and joining this series?
Catherine Zeta-Jones: Well, I love the original movies, the franchise, and it kind of lends into what I love to do. I’m a history buff myself. I’m constantly on the hunt for finding some treasure in some flea market somewhere in the world. That’s what I like to do when I’m not acting. The idea of playing a character like Billie Pearce with this new injection of youth and also at 20-years on, I mean, the technology that one can use to track these treasures was just intriguing.
Like you said, at this point in my career, I want to work on a good project with a good company like Disney, and work with some really great actors and have fun. Everything is a bonus for me. I love to work. I love the camaraderie of being on a set on these fun projects. With a series like this, we have 10 hours to find a character, to show the nuances and to take the audience on this kind of rollercoaster ride, and it’s fun.
MF: Finally, the series features many connections to the original film series. Do you think fans of the movies will enjoy the new show?
CZJ: I hope so. I think that we haven’t lost all the different elements that made them so great. First of all, we have the original writers, so it’s their vision of what happens next. The series has all the elements. It has the humor, it has the intrigue, it has the adventure. I think audiences today, and I speak for myself, there’s so much bad going on in the world. We want to be taken out of reality and taken on an adventure if we are going to invest anytime sitting in front of our television screens. That’s the way we are as a family. I think this has all the elements that an audience, a family, will love because it’s a generational piece.
My niece, who’s eight years old, can watch it with my kids who are in their 20s, and me and my husband, and my mom. It’s a great family ride. I think as audiences, we love that. There’s something very comforting about it, and also very comforting for our generation. But when I told my kids I was doing the series, I had this long-winded explanation about the plot. They went, “Are you talking about ‘National Treasure?’” I said, “You know it?” So, I was behind, and a bit slow. So, that’s fun. It’s not reinventing the wheel, it’s taking the wheel and taking it on another ride in the same world, but just different.