National Treasure Reboot Star Is Scared Of One Thing

National Treasure reboot star Lisette Olivera recently revealed that she is most scared of following in Nicolas Cage's footsteps.

By Douglas Helm | Published

Fans of the original National Treasure films are undoubtedly looking forward to the National Treasure reboot series, but that doesn’t mean star Lisette Olivera didn’t have some jitters taking on the lead role. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lisette Olivera talked about the upcoming National Treasure: Edge of History and how she was feeling the pressure of taking over the franchise from Nicolas Cage, saying 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.”

It’s certainly understandable that Lisette Olivera feels like she’s got big shoes to fill in the National Treasure reboot. Nicolas Cage had a bonafide hit on his hands when he appeared as Ben Gates, a historian who uncovered historical secrets in his two big-screen adventures. While the National Treasure movies weren’t necessarily cinematic masterpieces, they were fun movies that the whole family could enjoy. Nicolas Cage’s signature dedication to his roles made his Ben Gates a likable and endearing protagonist. While Lisette Olivera will surely bring her own charisma to the role, fans were a little disappointed to learn Cage wouldn’t be involved in any capacity.

Lisette Olivera

The National Treasure reboot seems like it will be very faithful to the spirit of the original films, as Olivera’s Jess Morales will set out to discover her family history and find historical lost treasure. Plus, the series will bring over some DNA from the original movies with Justin Bartha and Harvey Keitel reprising their roles as Riley Poole and Peter Sadusky respectively. Along with Olivera, new cast members include Breeda Wool, Lyndon Smith, Joseph D. Reitman, Armando Riesco, Tommy Savas, Dustin Ingram, and Salena Qureshi. Jerry Bruckheimer is executive producing the series too, so fans can rest assured that the behind-the-scenes team will be retaining the original’s spirit as well. Bruckheimer produced both National Treasure films along with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and various other notable projects for Disney, so the series is in good hands.

The last time we saw anything from the National Treasure franchise was way back in 2007 with National Treasure: Book of Secrets. The film followed Cage’s Ben Gates as he uncovered a clue in John Wilkes Booth’s diary that would help him prove his ancestor’s innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and find a lost city of gold. Now seems like the perfect time for the franchise to return with new fresh faces and a new story.

Meanwhile, Cage has been having a late-career Renaissance as of late. He’s had fantastic performances in films like Pig and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent in 2022. Cage also has more films on the way that are expected to come out in 2022. He’ll be starring in two Westerns with The Old Way and Butcher’s Crossing. His film The Retirement Plan is also expected to come out in 2022. Perhaps one of his most anticipated roles won’t be until next year when he stars in the upcoming Renfield. Renfield will feature Nicholas Hoult in the titular role of Dracula’s minion and Cage as Count Dracula himself. In the meantime, we can look forward to the National Treasure reboot and the new cast bringing back historical adventures when it hits Disney+ on December 14.