Actor Michael Peña has just landed the lead role in a new FOX drama. (Photo/Getty Images)

Michael Peña lands lead in new TV drama pilot

Michael Peña has quickly become a stand-out actor in Hollywood with several films over the last several months – think “End of Watch” and “Gangster Squad” – and now it looks like he’ll be taking over the small screen with the news that he has landed the lead role in a new FOX drama series.

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According to Deadline, the 37-year-old Mexican American actor has been cast in a Fox show titled “The List,” which will center on the character of Deputy U.S. Marshal Soto’s journey to track down a killer responsible for targeting Federal Witness Security Program members.

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Peña’s character is described as “ruggedly attractive, oddly charismatic” and someone who butts heads with upper-level bureaucracy.

Peña – whose previous films include the 2004 critically-acclaimed hit “Crash” – will film the pilot alongside fellow Latino actor Ramon Rodriguez (“Battle: Los Angeles,” “Charlie’s Angels”). While there’s no word yet whether the pilot has been picked up for a full season on FOX, Peña is on a roll with a 2013 Independent Spirit Award for his performance in “End of Watch.” And while fans may be anxious to tune in to see Peña carry a primetime television series, the actor has several movies due in theaters soon: “Chavez,” directed by Diego Luna and “Frontera,” co-starring actor Ed Harris.

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