Adrianne Palicki saw her potential career as comic book heroine Wonder Woman meet an abrupt end back in 2011, but that's not going to stop the former 'Friday Night Lights' star from kicking some butt on the small screen. Paliciki has signed on to become a regular cast member on Robert Rodriguez's upcoming television adaptation of his 1996 cult hit film 'From Dusk Till Dawn,' as first reported by Entertainment Weekly.
The series will serve as both an expansion and a retelling of the film's plot, which concerned bank robbing brothers Seth and Richie Gecko (then played by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino) and their quest to make it to a safehouse in the Mexcian criminal haven known as El Rey. Along the way, the Geckos take an ex-pastor named Jacob Fuller and his family hostage. The group makes the mistake of waiting for Seth's contact at a seedy bar/strip club, one that just happens to be inhabited by a clan of bloodthirsty vampires.
The cast thus far is fairly unknown, with D.J. Cotrona ('G.I. Joe: Retaliation') taking over the role of cool charmer Seth, while Zane Holtz ('The Perks of Being a Wallflower') assumes the role of his mentally unstable younger brother Richie. Genre mainstay Robert Patrick ('Terminator 2,' 'The X-Files') will play Jacob, succeeding Harvey Keitel. 'Miami Vice' star Don Johnson has also come aboard in the recurring role of Sheriff Earl McGraw. Lastly, Wilmer Valderrama will play villain Carlos Madrigal.
In addition to Palicki, who will portray an old flame of Seth's named Vanessa Styles, the two other new cast additions for today are Jake Busey (son of Gary) and Lane Garrison (A&E's 'Bonnie & Clyde' miniseries). Bizarrely, Busey will playing way against type as an anthropology professor. Garrison will appear as a liquor store clerk who runs afoul of the Geckos. All three of these roles have been newly created for the television series.
'From Dusk Till Dawn' will air on Robert Rodriguez's just launched cable network El Rey, where it will serve as the channel's first scripted original series. A premiere date is still to be announced.