By James Hibberd
Updated February 19, 2013 at 06:30 PM EST

Ramón Rodriguez has been a part of several TV ensembles, with roles on ABC’s short-lived Charlies Angels and Day Break along with an arc on HBO’s The Wire. Now he’s been cast as the lead character in Fox’s drama pilot Gang Related.

He’ll play a gang member who is sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department As he rises through the ranks, he must balance his obligations to his crime family with an increasing sense of loyalty to his new “family” – the SFPD’s Gang Task Force. (The title Gang Related fits this concept rather perfectly, too). The show is written by Chris Morgan (Fast Five).

Rodriguez has had parts in the action films Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Battle: Los Angeles and the upcoming Need For Speed. Here’s a complete list of drama pilots in contention for next season. And last night we (finally!) posted the comedy pilots here.