Fox’s ‘Urban Cowboy’ Pilot Casts ‘Sense8’ Star Alfonso Herrera

Project is a modern adaptation of the 1980 John Travolta movie

Alfonso Herrera has been cast as the male lead in Fox’s “Urban Cowboy” pilot, TheWrap has confirmed.

The “Sense8” star will play Kyle, an adaptation of the role played by John Travolta in the 1980 film upon which the pilot is based.

Craig Brewer will serve as executive producer, and will also direct the pilot, which follows a pair of young lovers — played in the film by Travolta and Debra Winger — as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line-dancing in honky-tonks, the grime of the oil refineries and the glamour of modern Texas.

“In the 35 years since I made the original Urban Cowboy, country music and the influence of Texas has gone stratospheric,” said Robert Evans, producer of the original film, in a statement when the pilot was announced last month. “The timing could not be better to continue this story in the television world… And what an ace team of collaborators we have on board to make it happen.”

Evans, Sue Naegle and Chris Levinson are also executive producers on the remake, which is a co-production between Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox Television.