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Fox’s ‘Lethal Weapon’ Recruits ‘American Crime’ Star for Recurring Role (EXCLUSIVE)

Fox’s TV iteration of “Lethal Weapon” has cast “American Crime” star Richard Cabral in a recurring role, Variety has learned exclusively.

Cabral, who was Emmy nominated for his breakout regular role as Hector Tontz in Season 1 of the ABC drama and recurred in Season 2, will play Detective Alex Cruz in the freshman drama series. The character is an ambitious junior detective who knows both the right and wrong sides of the law. Before he joined the LAPD, Cruz was in one of LA’s most dangerous gangs. Now, this reformed hothead kicks down doors in the Gang and Narcotics division. Though a tad green and brash, Detectives Riggs (Clayne Crawford) and Murtaugh (Damon Wayans, Sr.) see past Cruz’s tattoos and hard demeanor and recruit him to Robbery/Homicide where he quickly becomes an intrinsic addition to the team.

Based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, “Lethal Weapon” follows iconic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. From the moment the brash and impulsive Martin Riggs meets prudent, by-the-book Roger Murtaugh, it seems as if this partnership is doomed. But after their first case together, both realize this arrangement might just work out after all – if Riggs doesn’t get them killed first.

The show hails from Warner Bros. Television, Good Session Productions and Lin Pictures with Matt Miller, McG, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz serving as executive producers. In addition to Wayans, Sr. and Crawford, the cast includes Jordana Brewster, Kevin Rahm and Keesha Sharp.

In addition to his “American Crime” roles, Cabral has appeared in “The Counselor,” “A Better Life,” “End of Watch” and “Rampart” along with guest spots on “Southland,” “Chicago Fire” and “Bosch.” He will next be seen in “Blood Father,” starring Mel Gibson, and through his company, Lineage Entertainment Group, recently completed work on independent feature “Khali The Killer.”

A former gang member himself, Cabral fought a life-sentence and has since dedicated himself to helping others born into similar circumstances, recently winning Homeboy Industries’ Homeboy Hero Award, given to the former gang member and “graduate” from the Homeboy program who has most profoundly transformed his or her life.

Cabral is repped by APA and Primary Wave Entertainment.

“Lethal Weapon” premieres Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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