Ever since the first Nancy Drew spinoff Tom Swift was announced in October, fans have been waiting to know who would play the titular inventor turned paranormal hunter. Variety is reporting that Tian Richards has been cast as Tom Swift, who will appear in a backdoor pilot on the main Nancy Drew series before (hopefully) starring in his own show. The original description of the series released by Deadline states that Tom Swift will follow
“the serialized adventures of its titular Black, gay, 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.”
Richards will play the role for the backdoor pilot and will continue in the lead if the series is picked up. The spinoff will be produced by the Nancy Drew team of Noga Landau and Melinda Hsu Taylor alongside Cameron Johnson of Empire. There is no official word yet on which episode will serve as Tom Swift’s introduction. For more of our coverage of Nancy Drew, including a recap of last week’s premiere, click here!