Spanish actor Sergio Peris-Mencheta has been tapped for a lead role opposite Damson Idris and Billy Magnussen in FX’s drama pilot Snowfall, about the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the 80’s. Co-written by John Singleton and Eric Amadio and directed by Singleton, Snowfall is set against the infancy of the epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it.

Peris-Mencheta will play Gustavo Zapata, a large, talented, powerful and very popular Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream. Also known as El Oso’ (The Bear), he’s disillusioned over his bleak future, sending his earnings back home while living day-to-day in a rundown hotel room.

Peris-Mencheta’s credits include features Love Ranch, opposite Helen Mirren, Resident Evil: Afterlife, and Jean Jacques Annaud’s His Majesty Minor, and Showtime’s The Borgias. Peris-Mencheta is repped by APA and Andres Budnik and Liam Scholey at Vision Entertainment.