Disney has been more miss than hit with a lot of things lately, especially when it comes to remakes and reboots for Disney+, Home Sweet Home Alone I’m looking at you. At San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) they released a teaser for their upcoming ‘National Treasure’ show on their streaming service called ‘National Treasure: Edge of History’ and the lead isn’t Nicolas Cage.
Now to be fair, it has been known for quite some time that Disney wasn’t using Nicolas Cage for the show. However there is supposedly a third film also in development and hopefully they get Nick Cage for that one. Heaven help them if they don’t.
We will be getting Justin Bartha back as Riley Poole.
The trailer is only a few seconds and Disney did what Hollywood has been doing lately, they replaced a male lead with a female one ( Lisette Alexis).
This is the cast:
Lisette Alexis, Jordan Rodrigues, Zuri Reed, Antonio Cipriano and Jake Austin Walker.
Alexis plays Jess Morale who is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient and she’s searching for treasure and her family’s past. So a look at a different type of historical experience from another culture.
Fans are not happy. Personally, it’s just the show and not the film, so it doesn’t bother me all that much, but I can understand why some people are upset.
Here are some of the comments from YouTube:
Thomas Tian – “It’s not National Treasure without Nicolas Cage!”
Kasaix – “Disney never fails to fail.”
Fernando Marcos Maciel – “Oh come on, you can’t make a National Treasure series without the National Treasure itself”
KatDaddy – “Nic cage is the only reason I’d watch the show. He is the national treasure”
PaperMelon ; “Oh man, this teaser really emphasized and focused on all the things we love national treasure for: strong, colored female characters nobody cares about replacing iconic male leads.”
yonggary 1999 is a masterpiece – “Just what I wanted! National Treasure, without Nicolas Cage who made it fun and enjoyable. Add this to the list of Disney cash grabs.”
Wisdom123 – “Let’s replace an icon with young females. Cause that always works. Should have just made Riley the lead character.”
Classified name, bruh – “I know Nicolas Cage possibly not gonna make a cameo but I hope he does. He’s the reason why the two National Treasure movies were so successful and entertaining”
Caleb W – “I’m so excited to get to know this new character who will be infinitely smarter, stronger and wittier than everyone else with absolutely no character flaws. This what filmmaking should be.”
Quinton Reviews – “There’s something so funny about doing an entire trailer where the content is nothing but a person who isn’t Nicholas Cage pouting at the camera. What a big reveal.”
Miguel Rodriguez -“This is equivalent to trying to make a Pirates Of The Caribbean sequel without Johnny Depp.”
Kristen Rasmussen – “I think this is the nail in the coffin! Disney has ruined Star Wars, Marvel, and now National Treasure! It’s just unbelievable!! Listen Disney- I’m a woman and my family is diversified. I do NOT want all of my beloved male characters to be written as weak, as second to a woman (especially in strength,) or worse replaced! Make a new character/series that represents diversity and get good writers instead of the ones you have now that hate men and hate America! I’m guessing the moral of this National Treasure will be how awful America is?! I’m also guessing that’s why no Nick Cage- hard to include a character who loves America and it’s history when your prime objective is to make us look bad! You’re not woke Disney- you are sound asleep!”
Joshua Hutton – “Gotta love that ratio lol 1.9k likes to 23k dislikes“
Fred the Cat -“ Wow, more bland and uninspired trash from Disney! Can we all agree that, nowadays, Disney is just trying hard to break both its reputation and its finances…? They put so much efforts in releasing rehashed, unfunny, watered down movies and series… Are any of the shareholders looking at all this garbage? ‘Cuz, i’d be worried if i was them!”
Twitter not much better.
“Not starring Nicolas Cage”?! Don’t sound like some shit I should be watching…. pic.twitter.com/WCsjHhF9OF
— rent em spoons (@KayLeigh850) July 22, 2022
Why does Disney have a fetish for making soulless cash grabs without the talent or charisma that makes these properties so endearing?
— Vinception (@Vinterstellar) July 22, 2022
National Treasure didn’t make Nick Cage, Nick Cage made National Treasure..
… and don’t you forget it!!
— Wobert Rilliams III (@QuillionWatts) July 21, 2022
I feel bad for the actress, she could give a great performance and it wouldn’t matter. Nicholas Cage pretty much made the movie work. it’s just a generic indiana jones rip off without him. It’s like having the mummy without Brendan Fraiser.
— Brian V (@guybrush999) July 22, 2022
I mean, it might be good but why do this? If she’s a completely new character that has no relation to the movies, just give it a different name. I can’t imagine National Treasure without Nic Cage or the actors who played Riley and Abigail.
— Typo Queen Mary (@AnimalluvrMary) July 22, 2022
“Not staring Nic cage”
Might as well cancel the show right now.
— Destin Griffin (@Griffdog82) July 22, 2022
People are NOT happy about this. If they haven’t already locked Niclas Cage in for a third film, they might as well stop now because people are not on board without him.
Wow! The ratio on this one is strong. It reminds me of the “Home Sweet Home Alone” backlash and that one bombed.
Or they will just call everyone names like “misogynist” or “racist” if they don’t like it.
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