Esai Morales has landed his next project…
The 50-year-old Puerto Rican actor has been cast in CBS’ legal drama pilot The Advocates.
The David Nutter-directed project, which was written by Bruno Heller, revolves around lawyer Shannon Carter and ex-con Henry Bird who join forces as “victim advocates,” going to the very edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog.
Morales, best known for portraying Ritchie Valens’ troubled brother in the 1987 biopic La Bamba, will play Rafael “Raffa” Cortez, an ambitious and somewhat Machiavellian district attorney.
Morales, who has a recurring role on the upcoming second season of Starz’s Magic City, has previously starred in Showtime’s Resurrection Blvd., NYPD Blue and the sci-fi series Caprica.