Mexican actor Manuel Garcia-Rulfo is set to star in Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer series from David E. Kelley, the streaming service announced on Monday (Jan. 11).
The announcement was penned by The Lincoln Lawyer book series author, Michael Connelly via Netflix’s blog. “Today, I’m excited to announce that after a bit of a journey, Mickey Haller will come to life once again on screen,” writes Connelly. “This time in the TV series adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer coming to Netflix and starring the wonderful and talented Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (Magnificent Seven, Sicario: Day of the Soldado).”
Based on Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer book series, the drama follows Mickey Haller (Garcia-Rulfo), an iconoclastic idealist who runs his law practice out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, as he takes on cases big and small across Los Angeles. The character of Mickey Haller was originally portrayed by Matthew McCanaughey in the 2011 film, The Lincoln Lawyer. The second book of the series, The Brass Verdict, is being converted into a 10-episode drama series for the popular streamer.
On the choice to cast Garcia-Rulfo, Connelly writes, “Manuel is the ideal Mickey Haller, as Haller follows in the footsteps of his attorney father with the showmanship of his Mexican movie star mother. Manuel brings a powerful dynamic and dimension to the role–one that aligns with the books and will give the show the opportunity to celebrate the Latinx heritage and roots of this Los Angeles-based story.”
Details are still coming, but here’s hoping that means there will be more Latinx writers, directors, and creatives behind The Lincoln Lawyer’s steering wheel.