Alfred Molina Cast In El Rey’s ‘Matador’

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Law & Order: LA and Monday Mornings alum Alfred Molina has joined the cast of Matador, the second original series for Robert Rodriguez’s fledgling cable network El Rey, TVWise has learned.

Molina, who co-stars in HBO’s The Normal Heart, has been cast as Andres¬†Galan, a man who built his fortune in the telecom industry, but his true passion is soccer.¬†He is the owner of the ascendant LA Riot franchise and is celebrated in both the sports and business worlds. He joins a cast which also includes Gabriel Luna, Nicky Whelan and Neil Hopkins.

Matador follows the unlikely rise of Antonio “Matador” Bravo, a popular soccer star, who comes to be known as much for his playboy antics off the field as his dynamic moves on it. But he is in fact a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little known branch of the CIA. The series hails from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and is produced by their K/O Productions banner. Entertainment One (eOne) is handling international distribution.