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“Mayans MC” Cast Is Slowly Filling Up With Several Amazing Actors. Here’s A Quick Look

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘Sons of Anarchy’ Creator Says Recent Changes To ‘Mayans MC’ Show Are Totally Normal

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‘Sons of Anarchy’ Creator Says Recent Changes To ‘Mayans MC’ Show Are Totally Normal

“Mayans MC,” the highly anticipated spinoff of “Sons of Anarchy,” is undergoing several changes just four months after the show began shooting its pilot episode. The pilot for “Mayans MC” — which features a Latino cast and follows the Mayan Motorcycle Club that has made appearances on “SOA” — will be reshot and recast several “key actors” that have already signed on.

According to news outlets, “Mayans MC” is bringing on Norberto Barba (“The Bridge,” “Preacher,” “The Path”), who will serve as executive producer and director.

Kurt Sutter, creator of SOA and “Mayans MC”, tweeted that the show will go in a new direction.

The news is a bit jarring considering fans seemed to already take to the news that several cast members were confirmed. J.D. Pardo would be cast in the lead, playing Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, and Edward James Olmos was cast to play EZ’s dad, Felipe Reyes. Other cast members included Richard Cabral, John Ortiz, Antonio Jaramillo and Clayton Cardenas.

There’s no word as of yet as to which roles would be recast.

The show’s premise, as of now, follows the Mayan Motorcycle Club charter located on the border of Mexico and California.

I wanted to find a strong, unique Latino voice,” Sutter said last year while discussing the drama. “Because I didn’t think a white guy from Jersey should be writing about Latin culture and traditions. Elgin James (co-creator) is that voice.”

Variety reports that SOA underwent similar and significant reshoots before it premiered on FX in 2008.

READ: “Mayans MC” Cast Is Slowly Filling Up With Several Amazing Actors. Here’s A Quick Look

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We Might Be Getting A Latino “Sons Of Anarchy” Spinoff

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We Might Be Getting A Latino “Sons Of Anarchy” Spinoff

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The creator of “Sons Of Anarchy” hopes to bring the Mayans MC story to TV.

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“Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter recently appeared on the “100% Honest Pretty Much…” podcast to talk about the future of “Sons Of Anarchy.” He talked about the possibility of a spinoff dedicated to Mayans MC, the rivals of the Sons Of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. Emilio Rivera, who plays Mayans leader Marcus Alvarez, is set to appear on the show but will not be the central character. Instead, the show follows a character named EZ who joins the Mayans and must pay his dues.

Sutter also says he wants to do more than just create a show for Latino “Sons Of Anarchy” fans — he wants the show to be run by Latinos. “I’ll direct the pilot and my plan is … to honor the mythology a lot of talented people spent seven years creating, so that we transition from that mythology into this new mythology,” Sutter told Arnold. “And my hope is to hire a creative team that is based in that culture.”

Sutter says he would like to help launch and steer the show but eventually give creative control to a staff of Latinos.

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“Ultimately my plan would be, probably, if we are lucky enough to continue, that I would co-run the first season with someone and then hand off the show to someone and then hand off the show to a primarily creative team of people of color,” said Sutter.


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