Justin Bartha Joins Disney+ Original Series 'National Treasure'


Image c/o Disney/Brian Roedel
Image c/o Disney/Brian Roedel

Disney+ announced today that actor Justin Bartha is returning to guest star and reprise the character of Riley Poole from the hit NATIONAL TREASURE franchise in the upcoming Disney+ original series of the same name. The live-action series is an expansion of the NATIONAL TREASURE movie franchise, centered on a young heroine, Jess (Lisette Alexis), a brilliant and resourceful DREAMer who embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to uncover the truth about her family's mysterious past and save a lost Pan-American treasure.


Known by many for starring in two beloved billion-dollar franchises, Todd Phillips' The Hangover trilogy and the NATIONAL TREASURE movies, Bartha can currently be seen receiving rave reviews for his standalone episode “The Big Payback” on FX's Atlanta. Other recent credits include co-starring in the critically-acclaimed television dramas Godfather of Harlem and The Good Fight. Bartha's additional credits include Sweet Girl, opposite Jason Momoa on Netflix, Driven alongside Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Wood's White Girl, Holy Rollers with Jesse Eisenberg, Todd Solondz's Dark Horse, The Rebound opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Ryan Murphy's The New Normal. Stage credits include the Tony®-nominated revival of Lend Me A Tenor opposite Tony Shaloub, Jesse Eisenberg's Asunción, Robert Askins' Permission, and Neil Simon's Sunshine Boys.

Bartha is repped by CAA, MGMT. Entertainment, and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.


Justin Bartha (as Riley) in 2004's National Treasure c/o Walt Disney Pictures
Justin Bartha (as Riley) in 2004's National Treasure c/o Walt Disney Pictures

As previously announced, the series also stars multiple award-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (Ocean’s Twelve) as Billie, a badass billionaire, black-market antiquities expert and treasure hunter who lives by her own code; Zuri Reed (Flatbush Misdemeanors) as Tasha, Jess' ride-or-die friend who joins the treasure hunt, but is forced to reevaluate her belief system to help her best friend; Jordan Rodrigues (Lady Bird) as Ethan, Jess' childhood best friend who has loved her since the day they met; Antonio Cipriano (Jagged Little Pill on Broadway) as Oren, a loveable but self-obsessed goofball with an encyclopedic knowledge of conspiracy theories that attempts to win back Tasha's affections; Jake Austin Walker (Rectify) as Liam, a swoon-worthy struggling musician, with a permanent chip on his shoulder, who comes from a long line of treasure hunters. Jess recruits her friends to help uncover the truth about her parents and their connection to the treasure. Lyndon Smith (Parenthood) stars as FBI Agent Ross, who assists in the quest.

Jerry Bruckheimer, Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, Jonathan Littman, and KristieAnne Reed executive produce the series alongside Rick Muirragui, who also serves as a writer. Jon Turteltaub is also an executive producer. Mira Nair is directing and executive producing.

A Disney Branded Television series, NATIONAL TREASURE is produced by ABC Signature, part of Disney Television Studios. Production is underway in Baton Rouge.

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Disney Branded Television encompasses the creative storytellers, and production and marketing teams responsible for Disney-branded television series, movies and other programming spanning live-action, animated and unscripted formats. The group helps fuel the Disney+ streaming platform and Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior linear networks with content geared toward kids, tweens, teens and families, with stories that are imaginative, aspirational and reflective of their world and experiences. Recent projects include "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series," "Monsters at Work," "The Mysterious Benedict Society" and "Marvel's Spidey and his Amazing Friends." Disney Branded Television has created some of the most iconic and award-winning properties and franchises including Peabody Award winners "Doc McStuffins" and "The Owl House"; Emmy® Award winners "Big City Greens" and "Elena of Avalor"; the beloved "Mickey Mouse" cartoon shorts plus the Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) franchise, comprised of more than 100 titles.

About ABC Signature

One of the Disney Television Studios, ABC Signature is a global leader in the development, production and distribution of entertainment content across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. The studio produces many of ABC Entertainment's most significant hits, including "Grey's Anatomy," "black-ish," and "Station 19"; co-productions "The Good Doctor," "A Million Little Things," "The Rookie," and "Home Economics," and late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" ABC Signature's returning and upcoming series include "Promised Land" for ABC; Hulu's "Dollface," and co-production "Woke; "grown-ish" for Freeform; "The Wilds" for Amazon and "Godfather of Harlem" for EPIX. For streaming service Disney +, series include "The Mighty Ducks" and "Big Shot."