Nancy Drew Spinoff Finds Its Tom Swift

Tian Richards

Relative newcomer Tian Richards (Being Mary Jane) has booked the lead role in The CW’s in-the-works Nancy Drew spinoff, Tom Swift, TVLine has confirmed.

As we reported back in October, the potential series follows the “serialized adventures of the billionaire inventor who is thrust into a world of sci-fi conspiracy and unexplained phenomena after the shocking disappearance of his father. Tom takes to the road on a quest to unravel the truth, leaving behind the comforts of his usual moneyed lifestyle, all while fighting to stay one step ahead of an Illuminati-scale group hell-bent on stopping him. Tom’s missions will require his genius and flair for innovation guided by love, romance, friendship and the mysteries of the universe yet-unsolved.”

The Tom Swift character will appear in an episode of Nancy Drew‘s upcoming second season. Plans are for Tom to crash into one of Nancy’s investigations, an event which Nancy interprets as supernatural and Tom believes to be cosmically paranormal.

Melinda Hsu Taylor and Noga Landau, showrunner and co-creator of Nancy Drewrespectively, co-created the project with Cameron Johnson (Empire), and will write and executive produce. The project hails from uber producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

Like the Nancy Drew books, the Tom Swift book series hails from Stratemeyer Syndicate, which also publishes the Hardy Boys and Bobbsey Twins books.

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