An iconic community crossover! Tom Swift (Tian Richards) could have began his story on a backdoor pilot episode of Nancy Drew, however the titular character received’t be coming again to Horseshoe Bay — for now.
“So proper now, they’re in two utterly completely different years. Nancy Drew, it’s nonetheless 2019 and Tom Swift has jumped ahead to current day. So far as the 2 exhibits talking to one another, in the event that they do, it’s gonna occur finally, and it’s gonna occur in a very attention-grabbing approach,” co-creator Noga Landau instructed Us Weekly and reporters throughout a panel for the upcoming sequence. “However, you already know, what’s essential to us is that these two exhibits actually stand on their very own.”
Landau famous that narratively, Tom Swift and Nancy Drew will proceed to share a connection whereas present individually. “Like they’re in the identical universe, the characters know one another and we’ve put lots of actually enjoyable Easter eggs — if you happen to’re paying consideration — between Tom and Nancy (Kennedy McMann),” she continued. “However, you already know, they’re such completely different exhibits. Nancy Drew is a few bunch of children in a small city in Maine fixing ghost tales in a crab shack. This present is about billionaires and individuals who construct rocket ships and go to area.”
The New Mexico native additionally praised the 2 exhibits for the influence they’ve on followers. “What hyperlinks them collectively is how earnest they’re and humorous. At their core, they’re form of about comparable problems with claiming your individual id, rising up, determining who you’re in relation to your loved ones and your dad and mom and the secrets and techniques you carry with you,” Landau concluded. “There’s the similarities, for certain, however they’re positively their very own issues at this level.”
In the meantime, co-creator Cameron Johnson teased that he may see the right solution to permit Nancy to enter Tom’s world, saying, “I simply need to see Nancy in our garments. I simply need to see Nancy [in] Gucci to the ground. Like, that’s essential for me. I wanna see that.”
Viewers initially met Tom when he assisted Nancy with a thriller throughout season 2. The backdoor pilot scored the visitor star his personal present, which pushes Tom to new limits. The CW sequence additionally stars Ashleigh Murray, Marquise Vilsón, April Parker Jones, Albert Mwangi and LeVar Burton as Tom’s A.I. associate Barclay.
Throughout season 1 of Tom Swift, the inventor finds himself caught in a world of sci-fi conspiracy and unexplained phenomena after his father’s stunning disappearance. Tom’s mission to uncover the reality about what occurred will contain preventing an Illuminati-scale group that may cease at nothing to halt his plans.
Forward of the present’s debut, Richards revealed how his character has grown since he left Horseshoe Bay with a meteorite. “Tom has positively grown up a little bit extra. Once we first meet him, he’s nonetheless attempting to get the meteorite to construct the spaceship for his father,” the Dumplin’ star defined. “On the prime of our sequence, we meet him when he has simply accomplished that spaceship. So once more, positively additional alongside his journey.”
The actor continued: “We glance a little bit completely different. We’re giving a little bit extra grown-man power this time round. It was so lovely to see Tom in his factor. You get to see him along with his household, along with his pals, and also you get to see him in his hometown. You actually do open up the fullness of who this man was. We received a prequel, like, an appetizer of Tom in Nancy Drew. However now, you get a full course. We’re not snacks, we’re meals.”
Despite the fact that Tom and Nancy join over going through the supernatural, Richards confirmed that know-how can be on the forefront of the sequence.
“A cool facet in regards to the books is how a lot tech got here from it,” he shared, noting that the TV present focuses on “inclusion” throughout the board. “Our present is certainly pushed by the non-public tales of at this time and of the fashionable world. However you will note so many references and new iterations of stuff that was within the e book. [It is] little Easter eggs that we’ve had since Nancy Drew to now that tie it again to the universe.”
Whereas reflecting on his journey on The CW, Richards praised getting to start out out on Nancy Drew.
“Earlier than, I received to return in and be cute in Horseshoe Bay and simply observe Nancy’s lead. However I wanted [to watch Kennedy lead] as a result of that was probably the most I’d ever achieved in an episode of tv. I’d by no means been [in] a sequence. I had by no means been a sequence common earlier than,” he famous. “Simply to observe Kennedy take management of the set as a pacesetter and be so lovely and fearless, it actually gave me perception on what was to return or what I hoped to return on the time.”
For Richards, getting to guide his personal present now comes with its personal set of surprises and essential classes. “It feels completely completely different. I say this on a regular basis and I like my solid and my creators for simply actually huddling round me. [They allow me] to seek out my voice on this area and actually come into my very own as an artist, as a person. I positively really feel much more grown this time round,” he joked. “As a result of I got here in with a little bit of imposter syndrome, and I’ve been positively discovering myself on this area so seamlessly. That’s life expertise that I’ll take with me. Progress is the principle factor that I’m getting on this journey.”
Tom Swift premieres on The CW Tuesday, Might 31 at 9 p.m. ET.