Wilmer Valderrama (Grey’s Anatomy, Minority Report) has joined the cast of CBS’ hit procedural NCIS as a series regular for the show’s fourteenth season, TVWise has learned.
Valderrama will play a once grounded NCIS field agent who accepted a deep cover assignment years ago and never resurfaced. Many agents don’t know he’s still on the job or that he’s even alive. Now, he’s back and his dedication to job and country has left him an unpredictable, charismatic loose cannon.
“Wilmer Valderrama will be able to flex his dramatic, physical and comedic talents in this classic ‘NCIS’ role,” said NCIS Executive Producer and showrunner Gary Glasberg. “Fans are going to see him like they’ve never seen him before. This is going to be fun. We’re thrilled he’s coming aboard.”
NCIS’s fourteenth season is poised to be one of change after original star Michael Weatherly, who played Special Agent Tony Dinozzo, exited at the end of last season. Valderrama’s character is designed to fill the void left by Weatherly and comes after producers also considered Sarah Clarke for a regular role. He joins a regular cast that includes Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Rocky Carroll, Emily Wickersham, Brian Dietzen and David McCallum.