Alfred Molina is looking to score in his new role. The 'Spider Man 2' star has joined the upcoming action drama series, 'Matador,' for Robert Rodriguez's ('Sin City,' 'Machete') Latino-themed El Rey Network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The project, which is said to be in the vein of a Spanish James Bond, comes from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ('Star Trek,' 'Sleepy Hollow'), chronicles the surprising rise of Antonio "Matador" Bravo (Gabriel Luna), a popular soccer player who's actually a skilled covert operative completing missions on behalf of a little known branch of the CIA. It seems the soccer player bit is just a front for Matador, but his celebrity works well for his access to powerful circles of corruption and crime.
Molina will play Andres Galan, a celebrated telecom millionaire who now owns the L.A. Riot franchise, a soccer team on the rise just like its star player. He's also privy to an elite and confidential group of ruthless international power players who can effect world events on a really scary level. What Galan doesn't realize is that his star player, Matador, is a mole. As the owner and player grow closer, the fate of their relationship may determine the fate of the world. Uh oh.
The role marks a return to the small screen for Molina after the quick demise of his TNT medical drama, 'Monday Mornings.' The prolific actor (he's been in everything from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' to 'Chocolat') can next be seen on HBO's upcoming TV movie, 'The Normal Heart.'
'Matador' will air following this summer's World Cup.