'That '70s Show's Wilmer Valderrama Joins Robert Rodriguez's 'From Dusk Till Dawn' TV Series

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Early announcements on casting from Robert Rodriguez's new El Rey drama 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series' lacked a bit it star pedigree, its ranks somewhat bolstered by the addition of 'Terminator 2' star Robert Patrick, among others. Now, former 'That '70s Show' and 'Awake' star Wilmer Valderrama has joined the cast in a villainous new role, but of whom, asks no one?

Playing the role of "enigmatic crime lord Carlos", Valderrama's role has been explained by The Hollywood Reporter as a "master villain and crime lord of the series who is a former Spanish Conquistador." The former 'That '70s Show' joins a cast that includes D.J. Cotrona (‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘) replacing George Clooney‘s role as as Seth Gecko, Zane Holtz (‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’) as Richie Gecko, Jesse Garcia (‘Sons of Anarchy‘), Don Johnson (‘Django Unchained‘) as Sheriff Earl McGraw, Robert Patrick as Jacob Fuller, Madison Davenport (‘Save Me,’ ‘Shameless’) as Kate Fuller, Brandon Soo Hoo (‘Ender’s Game‘) as Scott Fuller and Eiza González as Santánico Pandemonium.

Premiering in Q1 2014 on new network El Rey, the official description of the 10-episode series reads:

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.

Well, what do you think? Are you interested to check out ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’ now that Wilmer Valderrama has signed on? Check out the original film's trailer below, and give us your thoughts in the comments!

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