From the courtrooms to the vast open roads, American Crime standout Richard Cabral has saddled up for Mayans MC, the Sons of Anarchy spinoff pilot incubating over at FX.
Per Deadline, Cabral is now set to star opposite Edward James Olmos, who climbed on board early last month to play a burnt out Mexican patriarch named Felipe Reyes. Other cast members on board for the Latino-centric offshoot include John Ortiz, Antonio Jaramillo and Clayton Cardenas.
In terms of Cabral, the actor has signed on to play Johnny “El Coco” Cruz, a “full patch member of Mayans MC, Santo Padre. Former Army sharpshooter and weapons specialist, Johnny earned a section 8 for shooting a cigar out of his CO’s mouth from a half-mile away…while he was stoned.”
It’s a fairly meaty role for Richard Cabral to sink his teeth into, and after impressing across the first two seasons of ABC’s American Crime anthology series, we’re excited to see how the actor takes to such a dramatic change of scenery and tone. Also of note is the updated synopsis that was released alongside Cabral’s casting, which outlines Mayans MC as so:
Set in the aftermath of Jax Teller’s death at the end of SOA’s seven-season run in 2014, Mayans MC will focus on the struggles of Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border. EZ is the gifted son of a proud Latino family, whose American dream was snuffed out by cartel violence. Now, his need for vengeance drives him toward a life he never intended and can never escape.
FX’s Mayans MC pilot will lens sometime this month in Los Angeles when SOA creator Kurt Sutter will be calling the shots from behind the lens. Should the spinoff be ordered to series, it’ll likely race onto FX sometime this fall. American Crime, meanwhile, returns for another season of brooding drama on March 12th.