Nancy Drew Finds Its Lead For Potential Tom Swift Spinoff

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Nancy Drew has found its Tom Swift. Tian Richards, a relative newcomer, will make his debut in episode 15 of the second season of Nancy Drew. If all goes well, then we’ll be seeing more of this version of Tom Swift, who is a black, gay billionaire, in his own solo series that takes a more sci-fi/conspiracy focus.

The potential series will follow Tom “as he’s thrust into a world of sci-fi conspiracy and unexplained phenomena after the shocking disappearance of his father. He goes on a road trip in 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.”

Richards’ previous credits includes Dumplin’ and Burden.

On the potential series, Nancy Drew co-showrunner Noga Landau said to EW“We’re excited about bringing a story that has both sci-fi but also Blackness, and joy, and pride, and love, and romance. Something that I’m personally most excited about with Tom Swift is that it’s going to be an epic cosmic romance that positions a queer Black man right in the middle of it as the object of desire and as the alpha male of the story. That’s just so important to put on screen right now.”

Her co-showrunner Melinda Hsu Taylor added, “In addition to that, what we’re hoping in success, if we should be so lucky to get a series order, is that the other person in that triangle is going to be a man of trans experience, and his love story and his being the object of desire for a young woman who’s in the Swift squad. That is going to be another really great thing to explore and for people to feel like, ‘Oh, that’s me.’ We want to make it something that feels like it’s both a world that we haven’t seen before, but also one that we can relate to no matter what your background is and that we could aspire to also no matter what your background is or whatever your particular preferences are. It’s just the common humanity under all of the cosmic wonder.”

Nancy Drew airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW.

Bec Heim