Following the success of its first scripted drama, From Duck Till Dawn, El Rey will debut its second original scripted drama, Matador, on Tuesday, July 15th (9/8C).
The series stars Gabriel Luna as soccer star Tony ‘Matador’ Gravo whose legendary playboy reputation is, in fact, a cover – he’s actually an operative for a little known branch of the CIA. An international cast – that includes Alfred Molina, Peter Gadiot and Elizabeth Pena – adds to the show’s appeal. For more details, check out the press release following the jump.
EL REY NETWORK REVEALS TUESDAY, JULY 15 AT 9 PM ET/PT PREMIERE DATE FOR SECOND-ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SERIES, ‘MATADOR’
Set to premiere Tuesday, July 15th at 9 pm ET/PT, Irreverent and action-packed, Matador chronicles the unlikely rise of Tony "Matador" Bravo (Gabriel Luna), 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 what his fans and family don’t realize is that it’s all a cover—in truth, he is a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little-known branch of the CIA. “Matador” has the kind of fame and notoriety that affords him access to powerful circles of corruption and villainy. But, in balancing the dueling roles in which he’s been cast, he will be forced to confront the question of his true identity… and it is this mission which will prove to be his most dangerous.
Matador features an international cast including Gabriel Luna (NCIS: Los Angeles, Prison Break); Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Spider Man 2); Nicky Whelan (Left Behind, Chosen, The Wedding Ringer); Neil Hopkins (Bones, True Blood); Tanc Sade (The Gilmore Girls, 90210); Yvette Monreal (Off The Grid, Awkward); Elizabeth Peña (Tortilla Soup, Modern Family); Julio Oscar Mechoso (Machete Kills, Little Miss Sunshine); Louis Ozawa Changchien (The Bourne Legacy, Predators); Sammi Rotibi (Django Unchained, Lord of Ward); Jonny Cruz (Small Timers, Cool Wheels); Isabella Gomez; and Peter Gadiot (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland).
Matador is created by Roberto Orci, Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie and Andrew Orci. Executive producers are Dworkin & Beattie, also showrunners, alongside executive producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and consulting producer Andrew Orci. Also joining as executive producers are Heather Kadin of K/O Paper Products; El Rey Network co-founder Robert Rodriguez; and FactoryMade Ventures and El Rey Network co-founders John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa.
Entertainment One Television (eOne) exclusively represents worldwide distribution rights (with the exception of U.S. broadcast network rights) for El Rey Network’s Matador and other original scripted series created for the U.S based cable network, to be announced.
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