As production gets underway on the TV series adaptation of 'From Dusk Till Dawn,' the remainder of the central cast has been announced, including the new Santanico Pandemonium, and the Fuller family.
An official press release from Miramax, whose genre division Dimension Films released Robert Rodriguez's off-the-wall crime /horror crossover in 1996, announces who will be joining DJ Cotrona's Seth Gecko, Zane Holtz's Richie Gecko and Don Johnson's Sheriff Earl McGraw in the ten part series, produced and in part directed by Rodriguez himself.
First off, the role of disillusioned preacher Jacob Fuller, previously portrayed by Harvey Kietel, will be taken by Robert Patrick, the seasoned actor still best known as the T-1000 in 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day,' as well as his stint on TV's 'The X-Files.' More recently, Patrick also appeared in TV's 'True Blood,' and he has previously worked with Robert Rodriguez on 'The Faculty' and 'Spy Kids.'
The remaining actors are, perhaps unsurprisingly, new faces. The iconic role of Santanico Pandemonium, the vampire stripper which proved to give Salma Hayek her real breakthrough, will be taken by Eiza González, a 23 year old Mexican actress and musician.
Meanwhile, the Fuller children Kate and Scott, previously portrayed by Juliette Lewis and Ernest Liu, will be portrayed by Madison Davenport (previously of the US remake of 'Shameless') and Brandon Soo Hoo ('Ender's Game').
The press release notes that, while the series will follow the same essential plotline as the Quentin Tarantino-scripted movie, it "deepens the tone of the film, adds new characters and backstories and expands the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club."
Being completely unfamiliar with most of these actors, all I can say is that Patrick is an interesting choice to follow on from Keitel. He seems more accustomed to playing wilder, loose cannon roles (not unlike Keitel, really), so for him to take on the part of a more inherently noble and decent man should be interesting.
As for the others - I daresay Eiza González certainly looks the part as Santanico Pandemonium, and I doubt I'll be alone in saying I look forward to seeing how she pulls off that iconic snake dance scene. Please exuse my creepy casual sexism.
'From Dusk Till Dawn: the Series' should hit UK TV screens some time in 2014.
Like the look of this new cast? Think they can successfully take over where Keitel, Clooney, Tarantino, Hayek et al left off? Let us know in the comments.
Ben Bussey is a co-editor of horror website Brutal As Hell, has an MA in Cult Film & TV from Brunel University, and 'From Dusk Till Dawn' is one of his favourite movies, so he's more than curious to see how the TV show works out.
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