‘NCIS: Hawai’i’: How You Can Be Part of the Latest Spinoff

NCIS: Hawai’i is coming to CBS this fall, and pre-production has already begun on the island of Oahu.  Numerous cast and crew announcements have been made. Including the reveal that Vanessa Lachey will star as Jane Tennant, the first female Special Agent in Charge in the NCIS franchise. Fans can also be a part of the latest spinoff.  Here’s how.

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‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ lead Vanessa Lachey | Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ has announced more casting news

After it was revealed that Lachey would be the lead of the latest NCIS spinoff, the network announced more casting news. In May, it was reported that Yasmine Al-Bustami will play junior NCIS team member Lucy.

Jason Antoon will be Ernie, a Cyber Intelligence Specialist and Hawaii expert. Noah Mills will play Jesse, a former homicide detective who is Tennant’s confidante.

Now, it’s been revealed that two more roles have been cast. According to Deadline, Tori Anderson will play the role of Kate Whistler. While Kian Talan has landed the role of Alex Tennant.

Who are these new characters?

Kate Whistler is reportedly an ambitious agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency who is determined to make it to the top of her profession. In addition to excelling at her work, Kate is great at workplace politics that are involved in getting ahead. There’s a lot more to the character and her backstory, though, which members of the NCIS team will find out.

As for Alex, he is the 16-year-old son of Lachey’s Jane Tennant. He is “strong-willed and mature beyond his years.” At his core, Alex is a “good kid” who doesn’t always make the best choices. He’s also struggling with his parent’s divorce and all of the life changes it has caused.

Jane is a single mother of two, a son and a daughter. However, the network has not yet revealed who will play the role of the daughter or her ex-husband.

You can be part of ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’

As CBS rounds out the cast of series regulars, Hawaii casting directors are looking for extras to appear in NCIS: Hawai’i. Shayne Hartigan of Alessi Hartigan Casting told Hawaii News Now that he is excited to have “all kinds of inclusion” on this project.

“I’m so excited. We really want to get all, all kinds of inclusion in on this project, so of course, you know, the military, the HPD presence, but also the local community and shop owners and restaurateurs and anybody possible,” Hartigan said.

If you are interested in being part of NCIS: Hawai’i, you can go to the Alessi Hartigan Casting Facebook page to get details on the roles currently available. There are numerous roles available for actors and extras of all ages, genders, body types, and ethnicities.

Most of the posts are casting notices for extras. But, there are also featured roles available. Hartigan noted that everyone who is cast must take a COVID-19 test to be on set because there is a “safety bubble” for the cast and crew.

The ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ production team came from the canceled NOLA spinoff

NCIS: Hawai’i was created by Christopher Silber and Jan Nash, the former executive producer and showrunner of the now-canceled NCIS: New Orleans. Also included on the creative team is SEAL Team writer and producer Matt Bosack.


‘NCIS: Hawaii’ Will Not Be Known as ‘NCIS: Hawaii’

Larry Teng — who has directed five episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles — is directing and executive producing the series premiere. Teng has an overall deal with CBS Studios, so he could be back to direct more episodes in the future.

NCIS: Hawai’i will premiere this fall on CBS, and will air on Monday nights after the flagship series, NCIS.