Gerardo Celasco to Star in Quibi’s Drama Series “Swimming with Sharks”

Gerardo Celasco has gone swimming

The 37-year-old Salvadoran American actor has been cast opposite Kiernan Shipka and Diane Kruger in Quibi’s drama series Swimming with Sharks.

Gerardo Celasco

Billed as a contemporary update of George Huang’s 1994 film that both celebrates and skewers the Hollywood studio system, the Lionsgate-produced series is written and produced by Kathleen Robertson, and directed by Tucker Gates, with Chris Cowles also producing.

In the series adaptation with a female twist, Lou (Shipka), a young female assistant, works for Joyce (Kruger), a sole female studio head, at a company filled with manipulators, schemers and intrigue, but little do they know Lou is poised to outwit them all.

Celasco will play Miles, a moderately talented artist and the husband of Joyce Holt (the big moneymaker in the household). Miles and Joyce have a complicated relationship based on love, money and power.

Celasco, who rose to acclaim on NBC’s Passions, co-stars in the upcoming Foxthriller series neXt. He’s known for his multi-season arc on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder

Leguizamo to Star in the Thriller “The Infiltrator”

John Leguizamo is infiltrating Londontown..

The 50-year-old Colombian actor has joined the cast of The Infiltrator.

John Leguizamo

The fact-based drama about a fearless undercover agent has just begun principal photography in London.

The thriller from director Brad Furman also stars Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger and Benjamin Bratt.

The Infiltrator is adapted from Robert Mazur’s autobiography about a customs and excise agent (Cranston) who went undercover as a money launderer and helped orchestrate one of history’s most elaborate stings, getting to the bankers behind the Medellin drug cartel. Ellen Brown Furman wrote the transfer.

Shooting will move to Miami in late April.

Amy Ryan, Olympia Dukakis, Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In) and Juliet Aubrey have also joined the cast.

Bratt to Star in the Fact-Based Thriller “The Infiltrator”

Benjamin Bratt is ready to thrill audiences…

The 51-year-old half-Peruvian American actor is set to star opposite Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger in The Infiltrator.

Benjamin Bratt

The fact-based thriller, to be directed by Brad Furman, is based on the Robert Mazur autobiography with a script by Ellen Brown Furman.

The Infiltrator centers on a customs and excise agent (Cranston) who went undercover as a money launderer and infiltrated the bankers behind the Medellin drug cartel.

Bratt will portray Roberto Alcanio, the agent’s contact who dealt directly with cartel board members including Pablo Escobar.

Production is expected to begin shortly.

Bratt most recently appeared on television in Fox’s 24: Live Another Day.

Cruz In Final Talks to Star in Isabel Coixet’s “This Man, This Woman”

Penélope Cruz is thisclose to landing her next role.

The 40-year-old Spanish actress is in final talks to star opposite Diane Kruger in This Man, This Woman.

Penelope Cruz

Isabel Coixet will direct the film based on a script by Frederic Raphael, who wrote Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.

The film centers on an estranged man, Matt Heller, and a woman, Martha Parks (Cruz) who encounter each other by chance on a plane, and relive memories of their turbulent romantic relationship.

Kruger will play Kirsty Sachs, a talk show host who has an affair with Heller and changes the course of his whirlwind relationship with Parks.

“It feels like a minor miracle to finally bring this passion of mine to the screen and to put together this dream cast including the superbly talented Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger who are the perfect actresses to bring these multi-layered characters to life. Combined with an extraordinary director to help realize Freddie’s amazing script, there must be a movie God after all,” says producer Mike Lobell, who has been shepherding this one for a long time.

Said Fortitude International co-founders Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum, who will back the film: “Frederic Raphael has written a mesmerizing script which closely examines a couple’s rollercoaster relationship over the years which will be brilliantly brought to life by the talented filmmaker Isabel Coixet. We can’t wait to introduce this hot title to buyers at EFM.”

Bichir’s New Series to Shine a Spotlight on U.S./Mexico Border Woes

Demián Bichir is hoping his new FX series will bridge the gap in understanding about life on the U.S./Mexico border.

The 49-year-old Mexican actor says one of the aims of The Bridge, which was named one of the year’s most exciting new shows, is to make viewers think about the woes of the border region.

Demian Bichir in The Bridge

“Different issues that concern both countries are implicit in the drama and the story,” said Bichir in a Mexico City press conference.

The series begins with the discovery of the dead, altered body of a controversial U.S. judge straddling the international boundary on the bridge that links El Paso, Texas, with the Mexican metropolis of Ciudad Juarez.

The first body is followed by others and it becomes apparent that a serial killer is operating on both sides of the border, forcing El Paso detective Sonya Cross (portrayed by Diane Kruger) and Mexican police officer Marco Ruiz (Bichir) to work together to solve the case.

Since the early 1990s, Juarez has been the scene of more than 700 mostly unsolved killings of women and girls.

“The fact that a series made in the United States talks about the deaths in Juarez is very interesting,” insisted Bichir, who earned an Academy Award nomination for the Best Actor in 2012 for his stellar performance in A Better Life.

The series makes it clear that people on the U.S. side of the border “are involved in the trafficking of human beings and undocumented workers at very high levels of government,” said Bichir.

The Bridge premieres on FX on Wednesday, July 10.

Bichir’s New FX Series “The Bridge” Named to the Most Exciting New Series List

Demián Bichir’s new FX series hasn’t debuted yet, but it’s already earning awards…

The 49-year-old Mexican actor’s The Bridge has been named to on the Critics’ Choice Television Awards’ The Most Exciting New Series list.

Demian Bichir in The Bridge

The Bridge, which will debut on Wednesday, July 10, explores the high tensions on the U.S.-Mexico border.

When an American judge known for her anti-immigration views is found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, Sonya Cross (portrayed by Diane Kruger) from the El Paso Police Department must work with her Mexican counterpart from Chihuahua State Police, Marco Ruiz (Bichir), to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.

The Bridge joins the Showtime dramas Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex, CBS’ summer series Under the Dome, ABC’s drama Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the NBC comedy The Michael J. Fox Show on the list.

The most exciting new series recipients are voted based on pilots and early episodes, if available.

The ceremony is slated for June 10 at The Beverly Hilton. It will be webcast live at 8:00 pm PT on UStream.

Celebrity presenters include Malin Akerman, Angela Bassett, Miranda Cosgrove, Hugh Dancy, Cat Deeley, Maria Menounos, Elisabeth Moss, Aubrey Plaza, Emmy Rossum, Jimmy Smits, Eric Stonestreet and Sam Trammell.

Bichir’s New Series “The Bridge” to Premiere on FX This July

Demián Bichir will make his debut as a lead actor in a U.S. television series this July…

FX will premiere its newest original drama series The Bridge, which stars the 49-year-old Mexican actor, will debut on Wednesday, July 10.

Demian Bichir in The Bridge

Based on the European series Bron, which was set on the border of Denmark and Sweden, The Bridge is a crime thriller that explores the high tensions on the U.S.-Mexico border.

When an American judge known for her anti-immigration views is found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, Sonya Cross (portrayed by Diane Kruger) from the El Paso Polce Department must work with her Mexican counterpart from Chihuahua State Police, Marco Ruiz (Bichir), to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.

The case quickly pulls them into a string of murders along the border, a scene already consumed by illegal immigration, drug trafficking, violence and prostitution.

It’s the first starring role on American television for the Oscar-nominated actor. He previously guest-starred on Weeds.

The Bridge premieres on July 10 at 10:00 pm ET on FX.

FX Release Mysterious Teaser Videos for its Bichir-Starrer “The Bridge”

Demián Bichir’s first starring role on American television is gaining plenty of buzz…

FX recently released the first footage for its upcoming drama series The Bridge, which stars the 49-year-old Mexican actor.

Demian Bichir in The Bridge

The four mysterious teasers — titled “Ember,” “Escape,” “Red” and “Crossroads” — showcase little more than haunting imagery from the drama about two detectives (Bichir and Diane Kruger) who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The series, set on the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, is an adaptation of the international hit Bron, which took place at the Denmark-Sweden border and kicks off when a body is dumped on the bridge that spans the El Paso-Juarez border and follows Ruiz (Bichir) and his American counterpart, Detective Sonya Cross (Kruger) as they tackle the case together.

The 13-episode series hails from Homeland writer/executive producer Meredith Stiehm and Hawaii Five-0 producer Elwood Reid.

The pilot, which was shot in Los Angeles and El Paso, was directed by Miss Bala helmer Gerardo Naranjo.

Production is under way for a July premiere.

FX Orders 13-Episodes of “The Bridge,” Starring Demián Bichir

Following his impressive recurring roles on Showtime’s Weeds, Demián Bichir will headline his American television series.

FX has put in a 13-episode order for The Bridge, the drama pilot starring the 49-year-old Mexican actor and Academy Award nominee and Diane Kruger.

Demian Bichir & Diane Kruger

Based on the Scandinavian series Bron, which was set on the border of Denmark and Sweden, The Bridge takes place on the border between El Paso and Juarez. It centers on two detectives — one from the United States, Detective Sonya Cross (Kruger), and one from Mexico, Marco Ruiz (Bichir) — who have to work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the frontera.

“For years networks having been trying develop a drama series set on the U.S.-Mexican border without any success,” said FX president John Landgraf. ”I’m thrilled to say that Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid have become the first to crack that creative code and they have done so magnificently. There have been great films set in that world — No Country for Old Men and Lone Star come to mind — but never a great TV series. This one is special. The setting, the writing, the direction, and the way it is brought to life by Demián Bichir, Diane Kruger and the rest of the cast makes for truly riveting drama.”

The Bridge co-stars Ted Levine, Annabeth Gish and Thomas M. Wright; with Matthew Lillard guest-starred in the Gerardo Naranjo-directed pilot.

Filming on the series will begin in April for a July 2013 premiere.

Bichir’s Border Drama “The Bridge” May Be Added to FX’s 2013 Lineup

Demián Bichir could be crossing the bridge into the world of primetime television…

Last October, the 49-year-old Mexican actor signed on to star in FX’s U.S./Mexico borderdrama pilot The Bridge, helmed by noted Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo.

Demian Bichir

FX plans to add a new drama series later this year; and the network’s president John Landgraf hopes The Bridge will be that show after seeing encouraging early footage from the pilot, which was just shot.

The project, an adaptation of the Scandinavian series Bron, centers on two detectives from the United States and Mexico – El Paso Police Homicide Detective Sonya North (Diane Kruger) and Marco Ruiz (Bichir) — who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Bichir’s character is described as a family man and one of the last good men in a corrupt and apathetic police force that is outgunned by the powerful drug cartels.

Meanwhile, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s vampire drama The Strain could potential air in 2014, according to Landgraf. In anticipation of potential series orders, the network has ordered backup scripts from the project, including putting a small writing staff together.