El Rey Network Orders Second Season of Luna’s Spy Thriller “The Matador”

It’s nothin’ but net for Gabriel Luna

El Rey Network has ordered a 13-episode second season of the soccer-themed spy thriller Matador, starring the 31-year-old Latino actor.

Gabriel Luna in The Matador

From writer-producer Roberto Orci, the series centers on Antonio “Matador” Bravo, a soccer star who in reality uses his sports career as a cover for his work as a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little-known branch of the CIA.

Alfred Molina, Nicky Whelan, Neil Hopkins, Tanc Sade, Yvette Monreal, Elizabeth Peña, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Sammi Rotibi, Jonny Cruz, Isabella Gomez and Peter Gadiot co-star.

“It just fit in with what we wanted to do … this is why I created [El Rey],” said filmmaker and the network’s founder Robert Rodriguez, who trumpeted the network’s commitment to diversity by saying that at least 50% of the network’s talent both in front of and behind the camera is diverse. “We are so happy with the season already, we are on episode 11. It fits right in with our network. It’s kickass, the characters are really engaging, it’s your dream kind of show to do.”

The announcement comes in advance of the The Matador’s premiere on July 15.

A sneak peek of the pilot episode becomes available this week on iTunes, Vudu, Xbox 360 and other platforms.

Prinze Jr. is Lending His Voice to the Last Mass Effect Game

Freddie Prinze Jr. is about to get his game on… in outer space.

Freddie Prinze Jr.

The 35-year-old part-Puerto Rican actor will voice one of the characters in BioWare’s action role-playing game Mass Effect 3 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Prinze, who admits that he was a fan of the franchise well before joining the cast, plays James Vega, a rough and tumble soldier battling dark forces in outer space. And, he couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the Mass Effect experience.

Mass Effect 3

“You have to play it. It’s a completely immersive game,” Prinze said in a recent interview. “It will make you think, you’ll actually care about the characters you’re playing, and you’ll really be able to customize the game. I think that’s what gamers want.”

But Prinze isn’t the only Latino making up part of the voice cast…

Martin Sheen is back! The 71-year-old half-Spanish actor first appeared in Mass Effect 2 as the villainous Illusive Man. A ruthless leader of the Cerberus Organization, Illusive Man was actually designed with Sheen in mind and meant to resemble his likeness.

The highly popular game series will hit theaters on March 6.