Leguizamo to Star in the Six-Part Branch Davidians-Themed Event Series “Waco”

John Leguizamo is ready to crash and learn…

The 52-year-old actor/comedian will star opposite Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch in Waco, a six-part event series produced by Weinstein Television.

John Leguizamo

Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle and directed by John Erick Dowdle, Waco tells the story of the 51-day 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF and David Koresh’s spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians, in Waco, Texas, that resulted in a deadly fire. It explores the true life details leading up to and chronicling the standoff told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved in both sides of the conflict.

Leguizamo will play ATF agent Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez was sent into Koresh’s Mount Carmel to gather evidence and build a federal case against the Branch Davidians but forged a bond with the people inside.

Set to air on Paramount Network in 2018, production will begin on Waco next month in Santa Fe, NM.

Leguizamo was most recently cast in a co-starring role opposite Allison Miller in ABC’s drama pilot Salamander. He also recently co-starred on the Netflix drama series Bloodline and reprised his roles in the latest installments of the John Wick and Ice Age movie franchises.

“We are thrilled to have John in this part. He brings phenomenal range and authenticity to everything he does,” says Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series for Paramount. “The role of Robert Rodriguez is little known, but utterly fascinating as he was the only undercover agent to infiltrate David Koresh’s compound.”

Rios Books Arc on HBO’s “True Detective”

Emily Rios has found her true calling…

The 25-year-old Mexican American actress has landed a recurring role on the upcoming second season of HBO’s True Detective, which revolves around three police officers (Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams) and a career criminal (Vince Vaughn), who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.

Emily Rios

Rios, who most recently starred on FX’s The Bridge, will portray Gabby Behenna, traumatized by life in a traumatic family.

Rios, who rose to acclaim in 2006’s Quinceañera, is currently shooting Paint It Black.

Her other television credits include guest appearances on Grimm, Almost Human, Private Practice, Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights.

Martinez Lands Recurring Role on HBO’s “True Detective”

Yara Martinez has landed a true role…

The Cuban-Puerto Rican actress has joined the cast of the upcoming season of HBO’s True Detective, which will also feature Adria Arjona.

Yara Martinez

Martinez, who stars opposite Mark Consuelos in Amazon StudiosAlpha House, will serve as a recurring actor on the second installment of the crime franchise.

The upcoming season revolves around three police officers (Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams) and a career criminal (Vince Vaughn) who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.

Martinez plays Andrea, a Mexican-American immigrant who runs an inn.

She’s also a recurring actress on the CW’s Jane The Virgin. Her other television credits include Necessary Roughness, Nashville, Hollywood Heights, Breakout Kings and Southland.

Arjona Lands Recurring Role on HBO’s “True Detective”

It’s a true Hollywood role for Adria Arjona

The Latina actress has landed a recurring on the upcoming second season of HBO’s True Detective.

Adria Arjona

The second installment in the crime franchise revolves around three police officers, played by Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams, and a career criminal (Vince Vaughn) who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.

Arjona, who recently landed a regular role on Michael Bay/Jerry Brukcheimer’s Miami drug-trade drama pilot at TNT, will play Emily, Kitsch’s girlish but practical girlfriend.

Arjona previous television credits include appearances on Unforgettable, Point of Interest and Narcos.

Dawson Reportedly in the Running to Join HBO’s “True Detective”

It seems Rosario Dawson may be headed to pay cable television…

The 35-year-old Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban American actress is reportedly among the actresses in the running to join HBO’s True Detective season 2.

Rosario Dawson

According to The Wrap Dawson is among the list of at least seven more actresses being considered for the role after Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams were previously eying the part.

In addition to Dawson, who appears in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the site says Jessica Biel (“Total Recall“), Malin Akerman (“Watchmen“), Jaimie Alexander (“Thor“), Kelly Reilly (“Eden Lake“), Brit Marling (“The Keeping Room“) and Oona Chaplin (“Game of Thrones“).

Insiders say Moss and McAdams should not be ruled out of contention yet. At some point, Jessica Chastain was linked to the part too, but reps for the Zero Dark Thirty (2012) actress quickly denied it.

In addition to a female lead, the upcoming new season of the Nic Pizzolatto-created anthology series will feature three male leads. Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn are said vying for the roles.

First Trailer Released for Molina’s HBO Telefilm “The Normal Heart,” Starring Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts

Alfred Molina’s latest project has plenty of heart

HBO has released the official trailer for The Normal Heart, the telefilm adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play premiered off-Broadway, featuring an all-star cast that includes the 60-year-old half-Spanish actor.

Alfred Molina in The Normal Heart

“To win a war, you have to start one,” announces the trailer for the film, which is directed by Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy and scripted by Kramer.

Along with Molina, who portrays Ben Weeks, the telefilm also stars Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts.

Set in NYC during the onset of the HIV/AIDS crisis of the early ’80s, The Normal Heart follows gay activists and their allies in the medical community as they try to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic.

Even though the telefilm doesn’t premiere until May 25 on the premium channel, HBO already is looking into a sequel.

Trailer for Hayek & del Toro’s “Savages” Released

If you’ll be heading to el cine this weekend, you may spot Salma Hayek and Benecio del Toro

The first trailer for Oliver Stone’s film Savages, starring the 45-year-old Mexican actress and 45-year-old Puerto Rican actor, will play before American Reunion.

Benicio del Toro & Salma Hayek

The film, an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Don Winslow, centers on two pot growers from Laguna who are muscled by a Mexican drug cartel.

When the cartel kidnaps the woman they share, the growers come up with a novel but dangerous way to pay the ransom.

Savages

In addition to Hayek and del Toro, the film stars recent-Oscar nominee Demian Bichir, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta and Emile Hirsch.

Savages is set to open in theaters on July 6.

First Look: del Toro Playing a Savage in Oliver Stone’s Latest Film…

He won an Academy Award for playing a Tijuana police officer who helps catch drug dealers in Traffic… And, now Benicio del Toro is preparing to switch sides in Oliver Stone’s latest feature.

The 44-year-old Puerto Rican/Spanish actor appears as a menacing Mafioso in the all-star crime drama Savages.

In one of the film’s recently released stills, del Toro is shown blowing what appears to be marijuana smoke into Blake Lively after taking her hostage.

Savages centers on two friends—played by Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch—who happen to share the same girlfriend (Lively) and work together to sell high-quality pot.

Benicio Del Toro On the Set of "Savages"

When the drug-dealing duo resist being muscled by del Toro’s character, the Mafioso has Lively’s character kidnapped. The ransom? Every cent the two made for the last five years. The two friends finally agree to pay but come up with an alternate plan to rescue their girlfriend, get revenge, and then get the heck out of dodge.

Directed by Stone, the movie will include performances by Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Salma Hayek and Demián Bichir, who recently landed his first Oscar nomination.

Savages is scheduled for release on September 28.