The Exorcist Star Alfonso Herrera Joins Cast of “Queen of the South”

Alfonso Herrera. Photo by David Buchan/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (5825106h)

It didn’t take long for Alfonso Herrera to find a new job after Fox recently canceled his horror series The Exorcist. Herrera will join the cast of USA Network’s crime drama Queen of the South for season three, which is set to premiere on June 21.

“Alfonso is coming onboard in the role of Javier, the cousin of Boaz Jimenez,” revealed executive producer and showrunner Natalie Chaidez to The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s been a soldier in the Jimenez organization for many years. He’s a bit of a playboy. In contrast to James (Peter Gadiot), he’s a big character that’s larger than life. He loves the ladies, he loves to party and he rides a motorcycle. He’s being introduced during the back half of the season when Javier joins the fold when Teresa and Boaz come to an unexpected alliance.”

“I’m very excited that this came about from the great relationship I developed with [line producer] Judd Rea and [unit production manager] Sarah J. Donohue when working on The Exorcist and now have the opportunity to join this particular story,” added Herrera.

Besides playing Father Tomas Ortega on The Exorcist, Alfonso Herrera also starred as Hernando Fuentes on Netflix’ Sense8, which is also scheduled to wrap up with a two-hour series finale on June 8, 2018.

Queen of the South premiered on USA Network in 2016 and is a U.S. remake of Telemundo’s telenovela La Reina del Sur, which is based on the novel of the same name written by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. The series tells the story about Teresa Mendoza, a young Mexican woman who runs from a drug cartel and is forced to seek refuge in the U.S., where she starts learning the secrets of drug trade business. Since its premiere, Queen of the South has been a strong performer for USA Network in terms of ratings and will most likely be renewed for season four.