Spanish actress Christina Ochoa (Animal Kingdom) is set as the female lead opposite Alan Ritchson in Blood Drive, Syfy’s 13-episode straight-to-series, grindhouse cinema-inspired drama.

The series, from Universal Cable Prods. and executive producers John Hlavin and David Straiton, who will also direct, was created by James Roland who penned the pilot under Hlavin’s supervision. Set in a near-apocalyptic future in Los Angeles, Blood Drive centers on Arthur Bailey (Ritchson), a former cop who is now working for a private security company. He partners with a Grace (Ochoa), a dangerous femme fatale who has an agenda of her own.

Grace, who volunteered to participate in the deadly Blood Drive, an underground death race in which the cars run on human blood, needs the winnings to help her beloved sister, and she’s willing to face death on a daily basis for the mere chance of victory. When she’s forced to partner with former police officer Arthur, she’s not thrilled, to say the least. Grace may soon learn that this genuinely moral and nice guy is a determined survivor, just like she is and that she may have more in common with him than she had ever imagined.

Ochoa, who played Karen Morales on El Rey’s Matador, is recurring on TNT’s new drama series Animal Kingdom. Born in Barcelona, Spain, Ochoa is the grandniece of Nobel Prize winner Severo Ochoa and daughter of Spanish sculptor Victor Ochoa. She is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency, Luber Roklin Entertainment and attorney Mark Temple.