Alfred Molina Joins New “Law and Order” Spinoff

Alfred Molina has been cast as deputy district attorney Morales in the newest incarnation of the “Law and Order” brand, becoming the second major character to be named in the West Coast version of the long-running police and court drama.

Molina now joins “Jericho” star Skeet Ulrich, who will play the role of a detective, as one of the high-profile actors to join “Law and Order: Los Angeles.” The show is scheduled to debut on September 22. Although casting is not yet complete, show creator and executive producer Dick Wolf expressed his appreciation for Molina’s entry. “I am thrilled that Fred is ‘LOLA’s Deputy D.A. He joins a remarkable list of some of America’s greatest character actors like Sam Waterson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeff Goldblum, Steven Hill, Dianne Wiest and Michael Moriarty as stars of the ‘Law and Order’-branded series,” Wolf said.

Law and Order: Los Angeles will air on NBC every Wednesday, and will take the 10 p.m. Eastern time slot just behind “Law and Order: SVU.”

Molina, a theater and film veteran, recently starred on the Broadway hit “Red.” He has appeared in such hit films as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Da Vinci Code,” and “Spider-Man 2,” where he played the villain Dr. Octopus.