The Book of Secrets has been breached!
Disney+ announced the news on April 11, posting a photo of Bartha and co-star Lisette Alexis. The photo was captioned: "Enlisting an expert 'treasure protector.' Let's welcome Justin Bartha back in his guest role as Riley Poole in the #NationalTreasure series coming to #DisneyPlus!"
Alexis stars on the show as Jess, "a brilliant and resourceful DREAMer who begins the adventure of a lifetime to uncover the truth about her family's mysterious past and recover a lost Pan-American treasure," according to the streamer.
The actress takes over the franchise from Nicolas Cage, who played treasure hunter Benjamin Gates in both National Treasure films. It does not appear that Cage will be returning for the series—at least not yet. If we learned anything from the the movies, it's that the world of treasure hunting is very unpredictable, so never say never.
Bartha, who will appear as a guest star, joins a cast that includes Catherine Zeta-Jones, Antonio Cipriano and Jake Austin Walker. Oscar winner Zeta-Jones will play Billie "a badass billionaire, black-market antiquities expert, and treasure hunter who lives by her own code," according to Disney+.
Sounds like Riley Poole might have his hands full.
Since his treasure hunting days, Bartha—best known for his work in The Hangover franchise—has appeared on shows like The New Normal, The Good Fight and Godfather of Harlem. Most recently, he appeared on the explosive April 7 episode of Atlanta.
National Treasure is expected to hit Disney+ in late 2022. In the meantime, hone up on those decoding skills.