New blood infuses 'Dexter'
Smits on board for next season; Hopper on 'Crash' course for StarzJimmy Smits has joined the cast of Showtime's drama series "Dexter."
Meanwhile, Dennis Hopper has been tapped to star in "Crash," Starz Entertainment's series adaptation of the feature film. Clare Carey also will co-star.
In "Dexter," Smits will play Miguel Prado, an ambitious, charismatic assistant district attorney who comes from one of Miami's most politically powerful and beloved families. Prado joins up with Dexter (Michael C. Hall), a blood-spatter expert for the Miami Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer, in the pursuit of a murderer who affects both of their lives.
Smits will be featured in 10 of the third season's 12 episodes, scheduled to premiere in the fall.
The actor, who most recently starred on CBS' "Cane," is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
"Crash," from Lionsgate, is a 13-episode series featuring a different cast of characters than the film. Hopper will play Ben, a veteran maverick music producer looking for his last big score. The actor's most recent starring series role was NBC's "E-Ring."
Carey ("Jericho") will play Christine, a frustrated mom who is married to a successful pre-bust real estate developer. Hopper and Carey join the previously cast Luis Chavez, Ross McCall, Jocko Sims, Brian Tee and Arlene Tur (HR 5/29).
Production has begun in Albuquerque, N.M., with additional filming to take place in and around Los Angeles, for an October premiere. Sanford Bookstaver ("Jericho") is directing the first episode. (partialdiff)