Manuel Garcia-Rulfo to Star in Netflix’s Drama Series “The Lincoln Lawyer”

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo is ready to represent…

Netflix has given a series order to The Lincoln Lawyer, a drama based on Michael Connelly’s series of bestselling novels, starring the 39-year-old Mexican actor.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

Hailing from David E. Kelley and A+E Studios, this is a new incarnation of the project, which originally was set up at CBS with a series production commitment last season.

Garcia-Rulfo has been tapped to play the titular character in the Netflix series as it honors the story’s Latinx origins.

“I’m excited to announce that after a bit of a journey, Mickey Haller will come to life once again on screen — this time in the TV series adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer coming to Netflix and starring the wonderful and talented Manuel Garcia-Rulfo,” Connelly said in blog post tied to the pickup.

With the casting of Garcia-Rulfo, Mickey Haller will stay true to the character as depicted in Connelly’s books. (In the CBS version, the role was to be played by Logan Marshall-Green; in the 2011 movie, the character was portrayed by Matthew McConaughey.)

“Manuel is the ideal Mickey Haller, who is following in the footsteps of his attorney father with the showmanship of his Mexican movie star mother,” Connelly wrote. “He brings a powerful dynamic and dimension to the role — one that aligns with the books and brings authenticity to the Latinx heritage and roots of this Los Angeles-based story.”

The 10-episode first season is based on the second book in The Lincoln Lawyer series, The Brass Verdict.

Written and executive produced by Kelley and showrunner Ted HumphreyThe Lincoln Lawyer revolves around Mickey Haller (Garcia-Rulfo), an iconoclastic idealist, who runs his law practice out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car, as he takes on cases big and small across the expansive city of Los Angeles.

The Lincoln Lawyer series will be adapted to serve up the complex and mysterious arcs fans know and love with a mix of light-hearted humor and a dose of family dynamics,” Connelly said.

The creative team of the project remains the same as it was for the CBS version, with Kelley and Humphrey executive producing alongside Connelly and Ross Fineman (Goliath, Big Sky).

On-screen, two roles are being recast: Mickey and Lorna, his second ex-wife and constant confidante, who was to be played by Kiele Sanchez on CBS. A search is underway for a director.

At CBS, The Lincoln Lawyer was picked up to pilot, which was days away from starting production when the coronavirus pandemic shut down all filming in March. After CBS’ surprise May decision not to go forward with the high-profile project, A+E Studios immediately took it it out to streamers. (The show’s serialized storytelling was considered better suited for a digital platform than a traditional network.)

While different suitors were rumored, including Amazon Prime Video, which has the long-running series Bosch, centered on Mickey’s half-brother, serious conversation with Netflix started over the summer.

The Lincoln Lawyer reunites Garcia-Rulfo with Kelley and Fineman after he had a major recurring role on Prime Video’s Goliath, co-created/exec produced by Kelley and exec produced by Fineman. The Lincoln Lawyer and Goliath are two of the many legal series Kelley, an attorney by trade, has created/co-created. The list also includes the Emmy-winning The Practice and Ally McBeal

Garcia-Rulfo is best known for his role as Vasquez in The Magnificent Seven remake and Gallo in Sicario: Day of the Soldado. He recently was seen in features Greyhound and 6 Undergroundand his television credits also include From Dusk to Dawn: The Series.

The Lincoln Lawyer book series launched in 2009. The latest, sixth installment, The Law of Innocence, was published in November, seven years after the fifth novel.

Sanchez to Star in Brandon Camp’s “Benji” Movie Remake

It’s dog days ahead for Kiele Sanchez

The 39-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress is set to star in director Brandon Camp’s retelling of his father Joe Camp’s 1974 Benji movie.

Kiele Sanchez

In addition to Sanchez, whose credits include the television series Kingdom and the film Purge: Anarchy, the film will also star Gabriel Bateman, Darby Camp, Will Rothhaar, Angus Sampson and Jerod Haynes.

The film, which is already in production in New Orleans, also boasts renowned animal consultant Mark Forbes as head trainer, whose work has been seen in such movies as We Bought a Zoo, Marley & Me and Doctor Dolittle.

AT&T Audience Network Renews Sanchez’s “Kingdom” for Third Season

The sun hasn’t set on Kiele Sanchez’s kingdom…

AT&T Audience Network has ordered a third season of its critically acclaimed martial arts drama series Kingdom, starring the 38-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress.

Kiele Sanchez in Kingdom

“The success of season 2 of Kingdom proves how captivating this series is and how viewers have invested and connected with the characters’ lives,” said Christopher Long, senior vice president, Original Content and Production, AT&T. “Byron Balasco has been at the helm of this gritty mixed martial arts family drama since its inception and has showcased heart wrenching topics that no other show on television has had the strength to touch. We couldn’t be happier to have Byron on for another season and have no doubt that he will create a compelling storyline that no one will forget.”

The series stars Frank Grillo as a former MMA mixed martial arts fighter trying to keep his gym in business.

In addition to Sanchez and Grillo, the series also stars Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas, Joanna Going and Natalie Martinez.

Creator, writer and showrunner Balasco serves as executive producer.

Kingdom is produced by Endemol Shine Studios and distributed internationally by Endemol Shine International.

Martinez to Star in DirecTV’s MMA drama “Kingdom”

It’s kingdom come for Natalie Martinez

The 30-year-old Cuban American actress has been cast as a regular on the upcoming second season of DirecTV’s MMA drama Kingdom.

Natalie Martinez

The series, from creator/showrunner Byron Balasco, follows the story of Alvey Kulina (Frank Grillo) who owns and runs a mixed martial arts gym called Navy St. Gym in Venice, California, with his girlfriend, Lisa (Kiele Sanchez).

Martinez will play Alicia Mendez, described as a woman who is damaged with self-destructive tendencies. Although talented, she is fairly inexperienced fighter who takes a meeting with Lisa (Sanchez).

Nick Jonas and Matt Lauria also star.

Kingdom, from Endemol Shine Studios, just started production on Season 2 in Los Angeles.

DirecTV Orders an Additional 20 Episodes of Sanchez’s “Kingdom”

Kiele Sanchez’s kingdom is expanding…

Only two episodes into Kingdom’s 10-episode freshman run, DirecTV has picked up the 37-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress’ MMA-themed drama series for 20 more episodes.

Kiele Sanchez

Kingdom, from creator/showrunner Byron Balasco and Endemol Studios, is scheduled to begin production on the new order in the spring, with the first 10 episodes airing on DirecTV’s Audience Network in fall 2015, and the following 10 slated for 2016.

Kingdom, a gritty family drama set against the backdrop of the renegade subculture of Mixed Martial Arts in Venice, CA, has launched to strong reviews. DirecTV doesn’t disclose ratings information but said that the rookie “has proven to be one of Audience Network’s most popular shows of all time.”

Returning for the next batch of 20 episodes of the series, which has been praised by local officials for filming in Los Angeles (it shoots in Venice where the show is set) are stars Sanchez, who portrays Lisa Prince, Frank Grillo, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas and Joanna Going.

“DirecTV could not be more thrilled by the response that last week’s premiere of Kingdom elicited from both critics and our viewers,” said Chris Long, DirecTV’s SVP Original Content and Production. “The series very clearly resonated with DirecTV’s subscribers.”

DirecTV Releases First Trailer for “Kingdom,” Starring Sanchez

Kiele Sanchez’s kingdom has come…

DirecTV has released the first trailer for its upcoming MMA-themed drama series Kingdom, starring the 37-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress.

Kiele Sanchez

Previously titled Navy St., the 10-episode drama is described as a gritty family drama set in the Mixed Martial Arts world.

Frank Grillo (Prison Break) stars as Alvey Kulina, an MMA legend and owner of a Venice California-based Mixed Martial Arts gym.

Nick Jonas, formerly of the Jonas Brothers, plays Alvey’s close-shaved and ripped prize-fighter son Nate. Jonathan Tucker (The Ruins, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) plays Nate’s younger brother, a world-class athlete who lost everything. And Kiele Sanchez (Lost, The Glades, The Purge: Anarchy) plays Alvey’s current girlfriend Lisa Prince, while Joanna Going (House of Cards) plays Alvey’s ex-wife Christina.

Kingdom premieres October 8 at 9:00 pm ET exclusively on DIRECTV’s Audience, channel 239.

DirecTV Renames Sanchez’s MMA-Themed Drama Series to “Kingdom”

It’s a new kingdom at DirecTV for Kiele Sanchez

The 37-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress’ new drama series for the direct broadcast satellite service provider and broadcaster will now be called Kingdom.

Kiele Sanchez

The upcoming 10-episode straight-to-series project, from creator Byron Balasco and Endemol Studios, was previously titled Navy St.

Itwill debut on October 8 at 9:00 pm on Audience Network.

Kingdom takes place in Venice, California and is set against the backdrop of Mixed Martial Arts.

Along with Sanchez, the series also stars Frank Grillo, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas and Joanna Going.

Sanchez Joins the Cast of DirecTV’s MMA-Based Drama “Navy St.”

Well, it didn’t take Kiele Sanchez long to find her next television project…

The 37-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress is following up her four-season run on A&E’s The Glades with a role on DirecTV’s gritty drama series Navy St.

Kiele Sanchez

Sanchez, who is starring in the horror thriller The Purge: Anarchy later this year, and Nick Jonas have been added to the 10-episode original series from Byron Balasco and Endemol Studios.

The dark family drama is set against the backdrop of Navy Street, a Venice, California-based mixed martial arts (MMA) gym owned by Alvey Henderson (portrayed by Frank Grillo), a former fighter who never made it big due to a drug addiction but is now sober.

Sanchez will play Lisa Prince, Alvey’s long-time girlfriend.

Meanwhile, Jonas will play Nate Henderson, Alvey’s youngest son and the prized fighter at the gym, joining Jonathan Tucker who plays Alvey’s eldest son.

Filming is scheduled to begin in Los Angeles on May 5 for a fall premiere.

Trailer Released for Sanchez’s Horror Thriller “The Purge: Anarchy”

Kiele Sanchez is feeling the urge to Purge

The 37-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress, best known for her starring role in the A&E drama series The Glades, is starring in the sequel to the hit horror thriller The Purge.

Kiele Sanchez

Blumhouse Productions has now released the first trailer for the sequel, now entitled The Purge: Anarchy.

James DeMonaco returns as writer-director-producer as does the premise: what happens in a dystopian future on the one night of the year when crime is legal.

Frank Grillo, Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo and Zoe Soul  also star in the film.

The Purge: Anarchy will be released on June 20.

Sanchez to Star in “The Purge” Sequel

Kiele Sanchez is feeling the urge to purge

The 37-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress has landed a role in the sequel to Universal Pictures and Blumhouse ProductionsThe Purge.

Kiele Sanchez

Sanchez, who rose to acclaim on A&E’s drama The Glades, joins a cast that includes Boardwalk Empire actor Michael K. Williams, Sparkle star Carmen Ejogo and Friday Night Lights.

The sequel, which will hit theaters on Friday, June 20, 2014, will see the return of writer-director James DeMonaco. It was recently announced that Frank Grillo will star.

The sequel should reside in a similar setting to the original, where, once a year, there’s a 12-hour period when all crime is allowed and condoned.

When The Purge, made on a budget of $3 million, opened in theaters in June, it earned a stunning $34 million in its debut, setting a new record for original R-rated horror (that record was later broken by The Conjuring). The Ethan Hawke-starrer went on to earn $89.3 million worldwide.

Sanchez’s other film credits include A Perfect Getaway and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, and she’s appeared on television in Samantha Who? and Lost.