El Rey Network Casts James Callis for Recurring Role in 'Matador'
EL REY NETWORK announced today that James Callis (Battlestar Galactica, Bridget Jones' Diary) has been cast in a recurring role in the spy thriller, "Matador," premiering Tuesday, July 15th at 9:00 PM ET/PT. The 13-episode series, from award-winning writer/producer Roberto Orci, is the second scripted original to air on filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's English-language entertainment network. Rodriguez directs the series premiere.
Callis will enter the world of "Matador" as Lucien Sayer, a mysterious figure who commands a fraternity of the world's most elite businessmen, politicians and influencers. Thanks to the actions of telecom mogul Andrés Galan (Alfred Molina), Sayer continues to keep his hand in globe-spanning illegal enterprises. Uncovering Sayer's ultimate goal will drive the mission of Tony "Matador" Bravo (Gabriel Luna) over the course of the season. The London-born Callis earned a Saturn Award and an AFI Award for his work as "Dr. Gaius Baltar" in the Emmy-awarded series Battlestar Galactica. He recently wrapped filming for Blood Moon and stars in the upcoming Endemol Australia/Nine Network miniseries Gallipoli. Callis is repped by Innovative, Alan Siegel Entertainment and Emptage/Hallett.
The irreverent, adrenaline-filled series chronicles the unlikely rise of Tony "Matador" Bravo (Gabriel Luna), a professional soccer player for the LA Riot who comes to be known as much for his antics off the field as his 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 the CIA. Agent Bravo, nicknamed "Matador" after he takes out a top player known as "The Bull" during tryouts for the team, finds himself suddenly thrust into a clandestine world. But, in balancing his dueling roles, he will be forced to confront the question of his true identity... and it is this mission which may prove to be his most dangerous.