When “Sons Of Anarachy” creators announced last May that FX had green-lit a Mayan motorcycle club spinoff, tentatively titled “Mayans MC,” fans were given only limited details to fill their “SOA” appetites. Over the last few weeks, however, the show’s producers have dropped some choice morsels of information. We now know that the show will pick up where “SOA” left off, and that it will feature some solid Latino representation.
Legendary actor Edward James Olmos steps in as EZ Reyes’ father, Felipe Reyes.
On “Mayans MC,” Olmos will play an OG gang member who has been beaten down by years of hard living, Deadline reports. From “Blade Runner” to “Stand And Deliver” and “Selena” Olmos easily has the most storied career of the actors currently announced for the show.
Emmy-nominated Richard Cabral plays Johnny “El Coco” Cruz.
According to Deadline, Cabral’s character is a bit of a wild card. “El Cuco” was discharged from the military because he was deemed mentally unfit. Why? He shot a cigar out of his commanding officer’s mouth. Sounds like a perfect match for the Mayans motorcycle club. Cabral also appears regularly on Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” and “American Crime.”
John Ortiz puts his leadership skills to the test as Esai “Taino” Osorio.
Screen Rant reports that Ortiz’s character has a deep connection to the Mayans. He lives with his cousin Marcus Alvarez (president of the Oakland area Mayans) and serves as the President to their San Padres Charter. This role is another feather in the cap of Ortiz, who has scored roles in both “Fast & Furious” and “Kong: Skull Island.”
Clayton Cardenas takes on the role of Angel Reyes, the brother of main character Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes.
Cardenas joins the Mayans MC Santo Padre charter as a full patch member. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cardenas’ character lives in the shadows of both his brother “EZ” and the legacy of his family. Like Richard Cabral, Cardenas has appeared several times on “American Crime.”
Lastly, J.D. Pardo has been cast as the lead role of Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes.
As Deadline reports, “EZ” is unwittingly pulled into the world of cartel violence, where he is courted by the Mayans as a potential member. He struggles with his thirst for vengeance and his desire to have the respect of the women closest to him. JD has appeared along side Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in “Snitch” and he’s shown off his talents as Jesus in the Emmy-nominated show, “East Los High.”
Variety reports that filming for Mayans MC begins in March.