9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Sons of Anarchy' Spinoff Casts Another Key Member (Exclusive)
FX's Sons of Anarchy spinoff, Mayans MC, is quickly adding castmembers.
The pilot from Kurt Sutter has tapped Clayton Cardenas to co-star, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
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.
Cardenas will play Angel Reyes, EZ's brother. He's a full patch member of the Mayans MC, Santo Padre. He lives with the burden of being the "lesser son" in a proud Mexican family who loves few and trusts even fewer.
Cardenas' credits include ABC's American Crime and the upcoming feature East Los. He's repped by Abrams Artists Agency.
Cardenas joins a cast that includes Edward James Olmos, who is set to play Felipe Reyes, the family's formerly strong patriarch who, after years of being crushed by bullets and labor, struggles to keep his past buried and lead his sons down a lawful and righteous path.
Sutter will co-write the spinoff alongside Elgin James as well as direct the pilot.
Picked up to pilot in December, the SOA spinoff was first revealed by Sutter in a cover story for The Hollywood Reporter in August 2015 prior to the launch of his period drama The Bastard Executioner. He said the spinoff would be a different show and that "tone, pace, storytelling will be unique." (The spinoff will not be set in Northern California, as Sons was.)
"I wanted to find a strong, unique Latino voice. Because I didn't think a white guy from Jersey should be writing about Latin culture and traditions. Elgin is that voice," Sutter said at the time.