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Ugly Betty's Santos joins the cast of Drive

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 28th 2006 4:43PM
Kevin AlejandroThere's more casting news on Fox's mid-season drama Drive from executive producers Tim Minear, Ben Queen and Greg Yaitanes. Just as Nathan Fillion replaced the pilot's lead Ivan Sergei, actors Kevin Alejandro and Mircea Monroe have been brought into take over the roles of Winston Salazar and Ellie Laird, both participants in the underground cross-country race at the center of the show. Laird's credits are fewer and further between, but you'll recognize Alejandro from his recent appearances on Sleeper Cell and Ugly Betty as Justin's father Santos.

Most television shows get a casting shake-up between the filming of the original pilot and, should the show get picked up, its eventual run. It happens for all kinds of reasons - networks don't like a certain actor in a role, scheduling conflicts, etc. In the case of Drive, characters are reportedly being taken in a "different direction."

There are a handful actors from the pilot who are being kept on - Melanie Lynskey, Emma Stone, Kristin Lehman and Rochelle Aytes. I guess the ladies weren't the problem. Once they manage to get the cast in place, the show's creative team will have to run the Fox scheduling gauntlet and get past the critics who, surprisingly, have yet to raise the point that the show's plot is essentially the same as Cannonball Run's.

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