Fans of “That 70’s Show” are about to see Wilmer Valderrama in a whole new light as he’s been cast as the heavy in the TV series adaptation of Robert Rodriguez’s twisted vampire film From Dusk Till Dawn for the Spanish-language El Rey Network.
Valderrama joins a pretty stellar cast list that includes D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Seth Gecko; Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Richie Gecko; Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, “Sons of Anarchy“) as Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, a new character created for the series; Don Johnson (Django Unchained, “Eastbound And Down”) in a recurring role as Sheriff Earl McGraw; Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, “The X-Files“) as Jacob Fuller; Madison Davenport (“Save Me”, “Shameless”) as Kate Fuller; Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, “Incredible Crew”) as Scott Fuller and Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez) as Santánico Pandemonium.
The first scripted series from El Rey Network, “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. On the way to Mexico, Seth and Richie kidnap former minister Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his family, in order to use the family RV to cross the border. But as nothing is EVER easy when in a life of crime, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires and forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series also claims to “deepen the tone of the film by adding new characters and backstories – expanding the Meso-American mythology behind the creatures inside the club.”
Valderrama has been cast as the crime lord Carlos, but beyond that I have no idea.
I should also note that “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” was ALSO created by Rodriguez, which makes me breathe a sigh of relief and stirs a genuine curiosity to see how this 10-episode series will play out when it comes to El Rey in December.
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