‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 5 Poster; Joel McHale Joins Cast

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 19th, 2013 at 12:32 pm,

Kurt Sutter joined the cast of Sons of Anarchy to close out Comic-Con 2012 and talk about what fans could expect regarding the upcoming fifth season of FX’s biker drama. One thing that has become a familiar stable of the program is the annual announcement of guest stars lining up to take part in the continuing saga surrounding SAMCRO and its rather turbulent inner workings.

As fans remember, season 4 welcomed Danny Trejo and David Hasslehoff into the mix, while previous seasons have seen the likes of Henry Rollins, Adam Arkin and Tom Arnold all make a visit to Charming in one form or another. Now, in prepping for season 5, Sons of Anarchy has added some surprising actors to take on equally surprising roles.

For starters, this year will give viewers a glimpse of High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale, as she sheds her squeaky-clean Disney image by taking on the role of Emma Jean, a high-priced escort. Additionally, we’ll see Jimmy Smits shedding his familiar tie and suit jacket for attire more befitting a gang member name Neron ‘Nero’ Padilla. Not only does he share his name with a rather infamous Roman Emperor, but he also seems to have taken the current head of SAMCRO – Jax (Charlie Hunnam) – under his wing, which may see the young leader swayed in an unfortunate direction.

While both of those casting choices were certainly unexpected, the announcement that comedian Joel McHale would be making a rare dramatic turn in season 5 was definitely unforeseen – mainly because the actor already has an incredibly full slate with his role in NBC’s Community and his long-standing gig as the host of The Soup on E!

According to reports, McHale will be playing a rather fetching con man named Warren, who eventually comes to find he’s picked the wrong person to swindle. There’s little else known about the character at the moment, other than the fact that McHale has signed on for a multi-episode arc and that he’s been working closely with Katey Sagal (Gemma Teller Morrow). In fact, Sagal confirmed McHale’s involvement by tweeting a picture of the two working together on set.

Beyond the multiple guest stars being added to the season’s storyline, many fans are likely wondering what will be the fallout regarding Jax’s ascension to the top of SAMCRO, and the slap-on-the-wrist punishment Clay (Ron Perlman) received for the various underhanded and murderous dealings he’s committed against members of his own crew.

Check out the recently released poster for season 5 below (click to enlarge):

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Perlman had this to say about Clay’s state of mind in season 5:

“Clay only knows one way, and that is to be on top. He takes a back seat to no one. In season five, everything he has worked with his entire life has been taken from him. He’s wife-less, president-less, he’s lost the trust of his crew/family.”

As seen in the above poster, Jax and Clay are clearly going to be viewing the world from a very different perspective. With all eyes now on Jax, will he be able to handle the pressure? And how much more of a threat will Clay become now that he doesn’t have the leadership of SAMCRO to lose?


Sons of Anarchy season 5 will premiere Tuesday, September 11th on FX.

Source: TVLine, The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. REACTIONS TO SOA casting

    Jimmy Smits = Amazing thats perfect
    Harold Perrineau = Great every thing I’ve seen him in he has rocked it
    Ashley Tisdale = Did she get a nose job and what is Kurt smokin
    Joel McHale = He is funny but I expect alot of him crying and whimpeing

  2. I can’t wait to see how this season begins and ends! So many news faces to be seen and to add to the drama! Kurt Sutter is a GREAT STORY TELLER so prepare urself for the ULTIMATE show!! Luv the show and the cast!!

  3. SoA is one of those shows that can be really great at times but sometimes it can feel a bit corny.
    Don’t get me wrong I really like the show and will be watching every week but if I’m being honest I have to say the show has yet to string together a great season from beginning to end. There’s always a couple of episodes or a plot twist each season that really makes you scratch your head.
    Especially the CIA twist last year. The way it was revealed last season really threw everything off IMO.
    So I’m hoping that this year will be strong from beginning to end. It’s such a fun and engaging show that feels like it’s always on the cusp of being epic but never quite gets there…

    • thats b******* everything clay did was for himself. murder is what they do bunt dont murder your family thats f***** up bussines. and opie did not rat it was the atf agent that stupid b**** finally she died.. my opnion f*** clay im happy jax is the president clay was stupid to murder jhon teller

    • i am from portugal and almost nobody knows that tv show. this is way better than other tv shows that pass in my country like house,lost and many crap like that. can´t wait for the next season, and by the way that new actors for the new season are not hardcore enuff for that kinda show

  4. I love Sons of Anarchy thanks to my husband who has been a long time fan of the show. I got caught up on season four a few weeks ago and now I’m patiently waiting for September 11th to come around. I have to say that anyone who thinks Clay is going to sit idly by while Jax takes his one true love away has another thing coming. Joel McHale will make an interesting addition to the cast since everyone is used to him as a funny man but I’m sure it’s a brilliant move. I want to make sure I’m not missing anything so I recently upgraded to the Hopper for its 2,000 hours of recording space. Fall is coming and SOA isn’t the only favorite back on the air. A Dish co-worker told me that it came with three tuners and that’s what sold me completely on it. I’ve got three TVs in my house so that just settled the war about who gets to watch what. On another note, the question about this season is will the truth come out about everything that happened in season four? I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

  5. I just got done watching all four seasons, I went and bought the DVD’s this is a fantastic series, I never watched one min. of the shows until 09/05/2012, I like doing it this way, so needless to say I really injoyed it to watch nuttin but SOA for three days and now on Tues I get to see season 5 and I think this the best that I have ever seen, even better than the Sopranos, And I have to say again it was really kool to set and watch all four seasons and not ever seeing one min, of the show till 09/05/2012

  6. I hope “some of you” that made comments, SOA is not real. It’s only a TV show. A very well made TV show.