Fox network has revealed the actor cast as the pilot’s male lead in the “Urban Cowboy” reboot as Mexican actor/singer Alfonso Herrera according to a Thursday, August 13 report from Deadline.
Fox’s drama pilot “Urban Cowboy”, is a modern reimagining of the 1980 Paramount movie starring John Travolta and Debra Winger.The TV adaptation will be written and directed by Craig Brewer, who also directed “Hustle and Flow” and “Footloose.” Based on the original country music-fueled film, the Fox reboot is reported to have a strong music, but with a Latin flavor.
The project follows star-crossed young lovers Kyle (Herrera) and Gaby as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line dancing in honky tonks, the grime of the oil refineries and the glamour of modern Texas. It’s about family legacies, starting over, finding true love and the American dream. In the TV adaptation, Kyle, a version of the character played by John Travolta in the movie, is Mexican. He is an extremely popular rodeo circuit rider who is a puppet for the drug cartel, forced to flee Mexico after ticking off the wrong people. Now, with a price on his head, he and his sister make their way to Houston, given sanctuary by his Uncle Al.
Who is Alfonso Herrera? While he is virtually unknown in the U.S., as he just made his American acting debut with a recurring role on the Netflix drama series “Sense8.” Herrera is well established in Latin America. He is a telenovela star and also has a musical background. He was a member of popular music group RBD, which earned a number of awards, including International band at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.
As previously reported, upon its release, “Urban Cowboy” took in around $46 million at the U.S. box office, enough to make it the 13th highest-grossing film in 1980. At this early stage of the “Urban Cowboy” game for Fox, many fans are expressing mixed emotions over the TV reboot. Some re interested in the idea and believe the take on the project could work out rather well. While others are grumbling about the network resorting to rebooting the old ideas instead of developing fresh material for the viewers.
Fox is reportedly hoping for a mid-season debut of the “Urban Cowboy” reboot series. Tough question coming at you, old, or new “Urban Cowboy?” Do you believe the Fox series will be successful with the reboot, or do you believe they should have stayed with the country theme considering the country music’s extreme popularity?