It’s official now! After reports surfaced last week that she was in talks to return for the reboot in development, Luna Lauren Vélez has officially boarded the New York Undercover revival. This news comes after reports last Friday said co-star Malik Yoba was also joining the reboot. The potential series currently has a pilot order at ABC.
Deadline says the veteran Afro-Latina actress will reprise her role as Ret. Detective Nina Moreno. With Detective J.C. Williams (Yoba) now “now overseeing the unit and the next generation of detectives,” Moreno has retired but still has ties to the unit.
The revival would pick up 20 years after the end of the iconic series, following detectives Nat Gilmore and Melissa Ortiz “as they investigate the city’s most dangerous criminals, from Harlem to Battery Park.” Right now, the lead roles of Gilmore and Ortiz have not been cast.
New York Undercover isn’t the only cop drama reboot at ABC. The network is also developing an NYPD Blue reboot and has original cast members Kim Delaney and Bill Brochtrup set to return.
If the New York Undercover pilot is ordered to series (which is very likely), it would probably debut in fall 2019 or spring 2020. The pilot will wrap filming in March.
Most known for starring in Dexter and Oz aside from New York Undercover, in recent years, Vélez starred in the films The First Purge and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, as well as having a major recurring role on How to Get Away with Murder Seasons 3 and 4.