‘National Treasure’ Actor Returns for Disney+ Series

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Sean Bean as Ian Howe, Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Gates, and Justin Bartha as Riley Poole in 'National Treasure'. Credit: Disney+ / Walt Disney Pictures

Calling all National Treasure fans! If you loved National Treasure (2004), National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007), the new Tom Holland movie Uncharted, or Indiana Jones, then you have probably already heard about the new National Treasure Disney+ series. One of the biggest questions fans had about the original new series was whether or not the original iconic trio of characters from the two movies would be returning — and now we know that at least one of them definitely will be!

Few Disney fans could enjoy National Treasure and its sequel without appreciating the laughter and witticisms that were provided by ever-plucky sidekick Riley Poole, who assisted Benjamin Franklin Gates (played by Nicolas Cage) on his treasure hunt alongside Ben’s love interest Dr. Abigail Chase (played by German actress Diane Kruger).

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Justin Bartha as Riley Poole, Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Franklin Gates, and Diane Kruger as Dr. Abigail Chase in ‘National Treasure’. Credit: Disney

We love seeing Benjamin Franklin Gates on his treasure hunts, and Dr. Chase, but Riley Poole is (like any sidekick) surprisingly crucial to the overall camaraderie between the main characters. Now it has been announced by Disney+ that Justin Bartha, the actor who plays Riley Poole, is going to be a part of the new series!

Even though the new series is following a younger cast of characters, and has already begun filming, Riley Poole is supposed to make an appearance. Diane Kruger has not actually been contacted about the third movie that’s supposedly in production or the Disney+ series (although producer Jerry Bruckheimer did say that the “same cast” from the movies would be in the third one), but we can only hope that Bartha’s return to his role will inspire Kruger and Nicolas Cage (who also seemed doubtful about a return) to come back for theirs!

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Disney+ Tweeted about Riley Poole and his return, saying the following: “Enlisting an expert ‘treasure protector'”. “Treasure protectors” is the term that Benjamin Gates used to describe himself and Riley instead of “treasure hunters”.

“Let’s welcome Justin Bartha back in his guest role as Riley Poole in the National Treasure series” the Tweet added. Since it’s a guest role, Justin Bartha won’t be on the series in every episode that we know of, but we would certainly love that!


About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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