If you’re looking for that super-strong actor to lead a series featured on a Latin biker gang on the Mexico border, it’s good to have Edward James Olmos in your speed dial.
The Oscar-nominated Olmos, best known for his role as Adm. William Adama in Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica, will star in Mayans MC, the proposed spin-off of the former FX hit Sons of Anarchy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mayans MC is set post-Sons of Anarchy and centers on EZ Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border who struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel as well as his need for respect from the women he loves.
Olmos will actually play Felipe Reyes, the one time leader of the family who is now leading a much different life after “years of being crushed by bullets and labor.” He wants to keep his past buried, according to the trade publication, and actually take his sons down a much more “righteous” path.
EZ Reyes has yet to be cast.
Olmos was nominated for an Oscar in 1989 for Stand and Deliver for portraying the now late Jaime Escalante, a calculus teacher at a California school who focused on students prone to dropping out. He also had a recurring role in the Showtime series Dexter in its sixth season alongside Colin Hanks and Michael C. Hall.
More recently, he had a five-episode stint on ABC’s Agents of SHIELD.
Besides Battlestar, Olmos is really known to 1980s television fans as Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, which ran from 1984 to 1990.
Mayans MC was created by the man behind Sons of Anarchy Kurt Sutter, as well as Elgin James. Sutter, who earned three Emmy nominations for Sons of Anarchy, will direct the pilot, continuing helming work he first started in the FX series.
James is an up-and-coming writer whose primary credit before Mayans was Little Birds in 2012 with Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker and Kate Bosworth.
The pilot is expected to film later this spring, and FX has not provided any timetable on when fans might get their first look at it.
Sons of Anarchy ran between 2008 and 2014 about a man balancing his life between his young family and a motorcycle club. The series, which starred Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal, was nominated for five Emmys through its run.
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