A gender-swapped Zorro has been on the cards since 2020 when Robert Rodriguez (The Book of Boba Fett) and his sister Rebecca Rodriguez (Snowpiercer) revealed they were working on it. It was to be a contemporary version of the story of the masked vigilante.
Rodriguez was attached to direct The Mask of Zorro over twenty years ago. He was responsible for casting Antonio Banderes before he left and Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) came in. According to the blurb:
“Sola Dominguez is a young Latinx underground artist, seeking vengeance for her father’s murder. She fights for social justice as Zorro. Her life is threatened by several criminal organizations after she exposes them.”
Fights for social justice? So she’s on Twitter then?
Deadline reveals that CBS Studios and Universal TV were developing this for NBC, but they let it go to The CW. Sean Tretta, of Mayans M.C. fame, will show run. Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens will executive produce along with Rodney Ferrell, Geoff Clark, Eric Bromberg, John Gertz, and Jay Weisleder.
Actress Sofia Vergara was attached as an executive producer to the NBC version but she is no longer involved in the project and is not expected to appear as a character either.
The original Zorro is a fictional character created in 1919 by American pulp writer Johnston McCulley. The stories were set in the Pueblo of Los Angeles in Alta California.
Typically portrayed as a dashing masked vigilante who defends the commoners and indigenous peoples of California against corrupt and tyrannical officials, he was a pulp legend.
Zorro has a high bounty on his head, but is too skilled and cunning for the authorities to catch. He adds to his legend by publicly humiliating them as he escapes.
Because of this, the townspeople started calling him “El Zorro” (The Fox) due to his foxlike cunning and charm. Zorro is an acrobat and an expert in various weapons, but the one he employs most frequently is his rapier, which he uses often to carve the initial “Z” on his defeated foes.
He is also an accomplished rider, his trusty steed being a black horse called Tornado.