The upcoming Sons of Anarchy spinoff pilot Mayans MC will be reshot, recast and has tapped a new director and executive producer, according to a new report. The FX series takes place in the same universe as its successor Sons of Anarchy dealing with the Reaper's rivals turned allies, the Mayans Motorcycle Club, two years after the events of the original show, which focused on the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's Central Valley.
Set after Jax Teller's death in the original series, the spinoff will specifically focus on the struggles of Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border and the gifted son of a proud Latino family, whose American dream was snuffed out by cartel violence. The cast originally included J. D. Pardo as Ezekiel "EZ" Reyes, Edward James Olmos as Felipe Reyes (EZ's father), Jacqueline Obradors as Marisol Reyes (EZ's mother), John Ortiz as Esai “Taino” Osorio, Antonio Jaramillo as Michael "Riz" Ariza, Richard Cabral as Johnny “El Coco” Cruz, Clayton Cardenas as Angel Reyes and Sarah Bolger as Emily. The pilot episode was to be directed by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter and Elgin James as a co-writer.
Now according to a new report by Deadline, Stutter will not be directing the series, but instead will be focusing on writing and will hand off directorial duties to Norberto Barba - best known for his work on multiple drama series like Fringe, Grimm, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Threshold, Kojak, Medical Investigation and, most recently, episodes of Preacher and The Strain.
No information has been revealed about the recasting yet, including which characters have been recast, but it is underway with production expected to begin in late summer.
This is nothing new for FX, they announced last year that their latest upcoming 1980s cocaine-epidemic drama series Snowfall also underwent changes with the original pilot script written by John Singleton and Eric Amadio with Singleton directing. The script then went through rewrites by executive producer and showrunner Dave Andron along with casting changes and reshoots done by a new director. The changes made to Mayans MC shouldn't worry viewers excited for the series since other FX shows that have undergone changes in casting, directors and scripts include Sons of Anarchy, Justified and Rescue Me, which have all been successful series for FX.
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