‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Season 5 Casting: Jimmy Smits & Chuck Zito Join Show

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 24th, 2013 at 9:27 am,

Former NYPD Blue star Jimmy Smits is rolling into the upcoming fifth season of FX’s hit outlaw drama Sons of Anarchy, for a full a season-long arc.

Smits will ditch his token clean-cut look to play Neron ‘Nero’ Padilla, a gang member who ends up becoming a mentor and not-so-good influence on  the young newly implanted SAMCRO president Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller (Charlie Hunnam).

Playing the bad boy has seemed to be Smits taste as of late – coming off another villainous run on the third season of Showtime’s psychological thriller Dexter, as the villainous ADA Miguel Prado. The role of Nero also breaks Smits from his usual penchant of playing the polished lawman. Smits is most recognized for portraying a cop or lawyer, in both NYPD Blue and LA Law, as well as recently Supreme Court Justice Cyrus Garza on the short lived NBC drama, Outlaw.

Since the announcement of not only a fifth but a sixth and seventh season, there hasn’t been much info in the way of what’s going to happen next for Sons of Anarchy — but in other interesting, and somewhat strange, season 5 casting news, series creator Kurt Sutter has confirmed that former real-life Hells Angel Chuck Zito (HBO’s Oz) will be appearing on the show.

While former outlaws turning actors is hardly anything new, the shock of Zito’s appearance on the show comes from the fact that in 2010 Zito filed a $5 million dollar lawsuit against FX, alleging that the cable network stole his idea. In 2006 Zito had a development meeting with FX, in which he pitched the idea of an outlaw motorcycle group titled Nomads (later The Wild Angels). After losing his case in 2011, Zito claims “We buried the hatchet.” Zito goes on to say, “He said some derogatory things about me on his website, but that’s in the past now. We get along real well and we’re going to become good friends”

Zito’s character is simply described as “a nomad who comes to Charming”, beyond that not much is known about Zito’s role, episode number, or if his character’s appearance is merely coincidental to that of newly-implanted cast member Jimmy Smits, or if the two are somehow going to be linked in the show.

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The fifth season of Sons of Anarchy will premiere this September on FX.

 

 

Source:  TV Guide

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  1. Bring Idris Elba in Please. I’d love to see Stringer outsmart the Sons. LOL

  2. sounds good i like smits.

  3. Thanks for the SOA update! I’m over the top excited that it’s been picked up for three more seasons–Love love love this show. I think JSmits will be awesome. Wondering if Danny Trejo will be appearing during this season?

  4. I will always maintain to this day that Smits should’ve never left NYPD Blue. That show was in its true prime with Simone ans Sipowicz at the helm. Still the best buddy cops in television history

  5. Cast Blake Perlman in a Damon Pope epidsode or as his daughter plotting revenge against Tig and Clay for the death of her sister. Blake Perlman has a beautiful voice. Check out Loser by Blake on her home page ( beautiful song). Blake having a hot romance with Tig to secretly kill me for killing her sister OMG. I’m crazy about Blakes father guess who? Happy Birthday today Ron Perlman (Clay) love of my life.

  6. Idris Elba would play the role of Damon Pope to the max and Blake Prelman could play his old lady. Blake Perlman and Idris Elba would heat up the screem, both are tall and sexy.Need new meat because SOA really messed up when they canceled that sexy hot relationship between Clay and Gemma.

  7. SOA is what I really look forward to all Spring & Summer long. My ultimate dream vacation would be to get see a taping of an episode and meet the characters. “Chibbs” all the way. Just wish I would win the lottery. Keep up the good work, one of the best shows of all times

  8. IS Zita going to play Clays father ? We have already met Gemmas father.Maybe the family tree will show why Clay abused his wife.

  9. SOA is what I really look forward to all Spring & Summer long. My ultimate dream vacation would be to get see a taping of an episode and meet the characters. “Chibbs” all the way. Just wish I would win the lottery. Keep up the good work, one of the best shows of all times

  10. I will always maintain to this day that Smits should’ve never left NYPD Blue. That show was in its true prime with Simone ans Sipowicz at the helm. Still the best buddy cops in television history

    • You got that right!

  11. I wanted to spank Diana on nypd blue she was so hot back in the day.

  12. CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR SEASON 5, ESPECIALLY TO SEE A BROTHER AND GOOD DAMN FRIEND Mr. CHUCK ZITO, IN HIS ROLE. BASICALLY DEPENDING WHAT HIS CHARECTER EVOLVES INTO , HE MAY NOT BE ACTING AT ALL – JUST BEING HIMSELF !!!!
    ALSO WILL ENJOY SEEING SMITTs AS THE BAD GUY FOR ONCE, SO MUCH FOR NYPD BLUE, BUT HE DOESNT GET TO DO THE BADA-BANG WITH DANA DELANY ANYMORE, SHE IS TO BUSY DOING GENERAL HOLDEN !!!!!
    SONS FOREVER , FOREVER SONS
    SOA

  13. I am a fan of the show from day one. Unfortunately, I’m seeing a lot of controversy with this season 5. Not sure if all the decisions made for this season may have been right for the show. Might lose a lot of viewers.

    • Pepper,
      What controversy are you speaking of? Have you seen the new promo-is that what you’re referring to?

      • No, not referring to the promo. Kind of more like real life controversy.

  14. Well now that Chuck Zito is part of the show they just ruined it and lost a viewer. Besides being an ass he can’t act to save his life

  15. Jimmy Smits really?? OMG I can’t stand him. I even skipt season 3 of Dexter because of him and I love Dexter. Oooh I’ll just have to deal with it I love this show and the actors in it(Ron, Katey, Kim, Mark, Charlie, Tommy, Ryan, Theo)way to much.