We've been keeping tabs on the upcoming El Rey networks "From Dusk Till Dawn" television series, bringing you the news that Robert Patrick, Don Johnson, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo and Eiza Gonzalez had all joined on for the 10-episode series based on the 1996 horror flick of the same name, and now THR is reporting that "That 70's Show" star Wilmer Valderrama has now signed on to play 'the series regular role of Carlos Madrigal, the master villain and crime lord of the series who is a former Spanish Conquistador.'
The 10-episode serialized drama will serve as the first original scripted series to air on the new genre-busting cable network. El Rey Network will debut nationally in December 2013.
Valderrama joins other previously announced cast members, including D.J. Cotrona (G.I.JOE: RETALIATION) who plays Seth Gecko, Zane Holtz (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER) as Richie Gecko; Jesse Garcia ("Sons of Anarchy") who plays Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, a new character created for the series, and Don Johnson (DJANGO UNCHAINED) who joins in a recurring role as Sheriff Earl McGraw.
Based on the thrill-ride film, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is a supernatural crime saga centered around bank robber, Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard "Richie" Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) after a bank heist left several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former minister Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone of the film, adds new characters and backstories and expands the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.
"From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" hails from FactoryMade Ventures. Robert Rodriguez will exec produce alongside Carlos Coto, who serves as showrunner. FactoryMade and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa are also on board as EPs. Diego Gutierrez will pen the series and co-exec produce. Rodriguez will direct the first two installments. Miramax, the producing studio and distributor of the original film, will distribute the series internationally in all territories with the exception of Canada, China, India and the U.K.
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