Lisette Olivera Admits It’s Scary Taking Over National Treasure After Nicolas Cage

Following Nicolas Cage’s performance in National Treasure is no easy task, as kids and parents alike adore the films. The first two movies follow Cage as Ben Gates, a historian who finds himself on grand adventures as he seeks to find the legendary Templar Treasure and prove his family’s innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. National Treasure was always a little over-the-top; however, the movies provided great entertainment and left a lasting impact on audiences.

It’s been nearly fifteen years since the last installment in the franchise, with The Book of Secrets arriving in theaters in 2007. Disney has decided enough time has passed, and they’re looking to capitalize with a new series, National Treasure: Edge of History. The show will feature an entirely new cast outside of Justin Bartha as Riley Poole and Harvey Keitel as Peter Sadusky. Lisette Olivera is set to lead the way with the series, and she admits she’s feeling a little pressure following Nicolas Cage. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Olivera says, “It was daunting, but I kept trying to reframe and focus as if it was just a challenge.”

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“It’s a scary thought to have to follow someone’s performance like Nic Cage. It was daunting, but I kept trying to reframe and focus as if it was just a challenge. I really loved the movies, and no part of me wanted to stray away from what they had already created. It was the same voices behind the movies — the same producers, same writers, Trevor Rabin, who is the composer for the films, came back to also do our show — so I knew I was in safe hands. They were guiding me, especially when I had my own doubts of what I was capable of.”

An official release date is still up in the air for Edge of History, but audiences can expect to see the series arrive on Disney+ sometime later this year or early 2023.

Olivera Felt the Initial Backlash to Her Casting

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Lisette Olivera heard the complaints following the initial casting announcements for Edge of History. Despite an absence of trailers or any actual footage, fans complained the series wouldn’t feature Nicolas Cage. But, of course, Olivera recognized the people who were excited about the series, saying she heard the fans who supported her role.

“After my casting announcement had been made and the whole world knew it was me that was gonna be at the forefront of the franchise, there were some people that were disappointed, but there were a lot of people that were very supportive.”

Fans can’t objectively judge the series until its release, however, every National Treasure fan hopes Edge of History is a project that lives up to the franchise.