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Spies and Soccer Blend in Roberto Orci's 'Matador' (TRAILER)

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 12, 2014 at 1:31PM

Some editor definitely earned his (or her!) paycheck for the first full trailer for Roberto Orci's upcoming undercover spy drama"Matador."
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Matador (Gabriel Luna)

Some editor definitely earned his (or her!) paycheck for the first full trailer for "Star Trek" scribe Roberto Orci's upcoming undercover spy drama "Matador." Get through the rapid-fire cuts in the trailer and it reveals an intriguing underlying premise: Gabriel Luna is Tony "Matador" Bravo, a soccer player with the L.A. Riot who just happens to also be working as an uncover CIA officer.

A-list Hollywood writer/producer Orci recently broke up his long partnership with Alex Kurtzman; they both collaborated with J.J. Abrams on "Mission: Impossible III" and the new "Star Trek" series. Orci also produced "Ender's Game," and makes his directorial debut with the upcoming third "Star Trek" film.  On the small screen, he and Kurtzman most recently co-created "Sleepy Hollow" for Fox.

"Matador" was created by Orci along with Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin and Andrew Orci for El Rey network, Robert Rodriguez's new venture focusing on English-language content for Latino audiences that launched last year.  Rodriguez is directing the first episode, along with Nick Copus ("Arrow").

El Rey's first scripted series, "From Dusk till Dawn," came and went without too much commotion, although it was renewed by the network for a second season.  That series had Rodriguez's fingerprints all over it (he directed the 1996 Quentin Tarantino-penned film the series was based on), so "Matador" will be El Rey's first outing with some fresh blood.  

The 13-episode first season of "Matador" premieres July 15.

Matador poster


This article is related to: Robert Rodriguez, Gabriel Luna, Trailers, Trailers, Star Trek


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.