Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show, To Whom It May Concern) has been cast as enigmatic crime lord Carlos, in El Rey Network's highly anticipated Supernatural crime saga, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Based on Robert Rodriguez's cult classic film of the same name, the hour-long series will premiere on El Rey Network in Q1 2014, debuting as the first scripted original series on the new genre-busting cable network.
Valderrama joins the previously announced D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe Retaliation) who plays Seth Gecko; Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Richie Gecko; Jesse Garcia (Quinceanera, Sons of Anarchy) who plays Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, a new character created for the series; Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Nash Bridges) who joins 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) as Scott Fuller and Eiza González (Lola Erase una Vez) as Santánico Pandemonium.
Born in Miami, actor and producer Wilmer Valderrama is best known to TV audiences as the likeable character Fez in the long running FOX series, That '70s Show. Valderrama, who just completed work on Manu Boyer-directed independent feature, To Whom It May Concern, announced an overall first-look deal last month with Lionsgate and the Mexican media company Televisa. Under the pact, Valderrama will develop content for the Hispanic market including feature film projects to star in and produce for Pantelion, and produce scripted and reality television projects for South Shore. In addition to That '70s Show, Valderrama has also produced, directed, written, hosted & acted in a number of projects, most recently seen in: NBC's Awake, Larry Crowne, The Dry Land, From Prada to Nada, and heard as 'Manny' on Disney's Handy Manny. Valderrama also serves as the spokesperson for CHCI, Environmental Media Association board member, and co-chair for VotoLatino.
Valderrama is repped by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment and attorney Michael Gendler.
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 an escape route to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former minister Jacob Fuller and his family who they take hostage. Using the family RV to make a run for the Mexican border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is unknowingly populated by vampires, and forces them 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 vampires.
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.
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is an El Rey Network production in association with FactoryMade Ventures. Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, Carlos Coto (who is also showrunner); and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. Diego Gutierrez is writer and co-executive producer. Robert Rodriguez will direct the first two installments.. Miramax, producing studio and distributor of the original film, is distributing the series internationally in all territories with the exception of Canada, China, India and UK.