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Fox's 'Urban Cowboy' casts Jim Belushi

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Jim Belushi is headed to Fox’s Urban Cowboy reboot. 

Fox’s new TV version of the 1980 Texas honky tonk film has cast the former According to Jim star as a potential regular, EW has learned. 

Belushi plays Marshall— “a spirited long-haul truck driver turned honky tonk bar owner, Marshall is as much of a Houston institution as his bar, Gilley’s.”

Previously Fox signed Latin America actor Alfonso Herrera (Sense 8) in the pilot’s lead role that John Travolta played in the film. 

In this version of the tale, Herrera 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, also an illegal immigrant, who has made a life for himself in the United States. He’s a cosmopolitan, modern guy who has drank the best tequila, danced at the hottest clubs in Mexico and he still has a lot of play left in him, but knows it’s time to forge a new future, find new dreams.”

Urban Cowboy is produced by 20th Television and Paramount TV. 

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