Wilmer Valderrama is heading to CBS’ “NCIS,” where he will replace Michael Weatherly on the long-running television drama.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Valderrama will play a “once grounded NCIS field agent who accepted a deep cover assignment years ago and never resurfaced. Many agents aren’t aware that he’s still on the job or that he’s even alive. With his return, his dedication to his job and country has left him an unpredictable loose cannon.”
The actor, who rose to fame as Fez on “That ’70s Show,” is excited for the new challenges ahead on “NCIS.”
“Wilmer Valderrama will be able to flex his dramatic, physical and comedic talents in this classic ‘NCIS’ role,” said the show’s executive producer 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,” Glasberg concluded.
Valderamma will fill the void left in the series by the departure of Michael Weatherly’s long-running character of Tony DiNozzo.
The actor and producer most recently made headlines in early June when he and longtime love Demi Lovato ended their relationship after six years.
“After almost 6 loving and wonderful years together, we have decided to end our relationship,” their joint statement began, according to ET.
“This was an incredibly difficult decision for both of us, but we have realized more than anything that we are better as best friends. We will always be supportive of one another. Thank you to everyone who has offered us kindness and support over the years,” the statement concluded.
“You know, we’ve been best friends for about six years,” he said at the time. “We haven’t necessarily been dating for six years, but we have six years of friendship, and it’s been beautiful.”
Valderamma will begin his run on “NCIS” this fall when the show airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.