New York and Austin, TX - December 16, 2013 - Additional castmembers have joined the Austin-based production of the highly-anticipated, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," premiering in Q1 2014 on El Rey Network, the new 24-hour English-language cable network. Produced in association with FactoryMade Ventures and created and executive produced by network founder and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, the supernatural crime saga (based on the cult classic film of the same name) will feature Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) in the newly-created role of Vanessa Styles; Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Enemy of the State, Identity) as Professor Aiden Tanner; and Lane Garrison (Bonnie & Clyde, Prison Break) as Pete, a character portrayed by John Hawkes in the original film. The 10-episode series will serve as the first scripted original to air on the network which will be available nationally beginning the week of December 15, 2013.
Adrianne Palicki portrays Vanessa Styles, a woman from Seth Gecko's past. Lane Garrison plays Pete, the clerk at Benny's World of Liquor which the Gecko brothers take over in the pilot; and Jake Busey portrays Professor Aiden Tanner, an eccentric intellectual obsessed with the Mesoamerican mythology behind the vampires.
Born and raised in Ohio, Adrianne Palicki made the move to Los Angeles after choosing to pursue an acting career. Palicki's first role was in director John Woo's television remake of the classic program Lost in Space, where she played Judy Robinson. She soon began landing roles on television shows such as North Shore, CSI, Smallville, Supernatural and South Beach. Palicki was a series regular Tyra Collette, on the first three seasons of NBC's critically-acclaimed drama Friday Night Lights, returning for the final two episodes of the series in 2011. Her feature film roles include Popstar with Aaron Carter and more recently she was featured in the Rob Reiner film, Rumor Has It. She also co-starred in the film G.I. Joe: Retaliation, in the lead role of Lady Jaye.
Jake Busey made his motion picture debut in Straight Time alongside his father Gary Busey and Dustin Hoffman. However it was his break-through starring role in Motorcycle Gang for Showtime that launched his career. Jake then went on to star in such film favorites as Robert Zemekis' Contact with Jodie Foster, Paul Verhoven's Starship Troopers and Peter Jackson's The Frighteners among many others. Busey also has numerous television appearances under his belt and is currently developing a feature with his dad, Gary.
Lane Garrison most recently starred in the miniseries Bonnie & Clyde which simultaneously aired on Lifetime, A&E and History. He has also wrapped production in the lead role of Randy opposite Kristen Stewart in Peter Sattler's Camp X-Ray. Garrison also starred in FOX series, Prison Break as Tweener, and was noted for his performance as Donnie in the Paramount film Shooter opposite Mark Wahlberg. He has appeared in several movies including Quality of Life and Crazy.
Busey, Palicki and Garrison join the previously announced cast that includes: Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show, To Whom It May Concern) as enigmatic crime lord Carlos, 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 (Quinceañera, 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, Incredible Crew) as Scott Fuller and Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez) as Santánico Pandemonium.
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" 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.
About El Rey Network:
El Rey Network, launching December 2013, is a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. The network's action-packed content is anchored by original signature dramas, feature films, grindhouse genre, cult classic action, horror/sci-fi and next-generation sports. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, it will serve as a platform for diverse and riveting storytelling. El Rey Network awakens the renegade in everyone and has been created for viewers who won't check a box. El Rey Network LLC (www.elreynetwork.com) is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Communications Inc.
About FactoryMade Ventures:
FactoryMade is an incubator for entertainment businesses and was founded by John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa. The company builds IP-based franchises and production and distribution platforms by leveraging its strong ties to the Hollywood creative community and partnering with global brands and investors. Its ventures include El Rey Network and Tres Pistoleros Studios with Robert Rodriguez and a joint venture with the leading Mexican wrestling league Lucha Libre AAA. In addition to working with corporate partners such as Telefonica and JCP, they previously spearheaded the creation of Hasbro's film business (Transformers, G.I. Joe, Battleship) and television business (Hasbro TV Studios, the Hub Network with Discovery Communications), and developed retail's first integrated digital gaming and commerce platform with HSN (HSN Arcade).
Miramax is a leading worldwide film and television studio with a library of more than 700 motion pictures. The Miramax library holds some of the world's most original and acclaimed independent films including Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, Chicago, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, No Country for Old Men, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, Life is Beautiful, Reservoir Dogs, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Cinema Paradiso and My Left Foot - as well as scores of commercially successful films such as Bridget Jones's Diary, Bad Santa, and the Scream, Hellraiser, Scary Movie and Spy Kids franchises. Collectively, the Miramax library has received 284 Academy Award® nominations and 68 Oscars®, including four Best Picture awards.
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