Amid a number of reshoots, rewrites and recasts, actor Michael Irby (The Unit, True Detective) has been signed to star opposite Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica) and J.D. Pardo (Revolution) in Kurt Sutter's Sons of Anarchy spin-off pilot, Mayans MC.
Set 2-1/2 years after the death of Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) at the end of Sons of Anarchy's's seven-season run, Mayans MC focuses on the struggles of Ezekiel "EZ" Reyes (Pardo), a prospect in the Mayan MC charter along the California/Mexico border. EZ is the gifted son of a proud Latino family who watched their dreams turn into nightmares as the victim of cartel violence. EZ's need for answers and revenge drives him toward a life he never intended and might not be able to escape.
Irby will play original character Obispo "Bishop" Losa in the series, a resident of Mayans MC's Santo Padre Charter who's described as:
From a broken home in the Salton Sea, he was taken in by the family of his cousin, Marcus Alvarez (Emilio Rivera), Mayan MC founder and National President. After a tour of duty in Iraq and one in Pelican Bay, Bishop was sent by Alvarez to set up and run the critical Mexi-Cali border charter. He is as deadly as he is loyal.
Though some SoA fans have expressed concerns over recent reports of recasts and reshoots, for show creator Sutter this is par the course when it comes to his experiences in television. As he mentioned to PopCulture.com in July:
"Ironically, I don't know why I was surprised. It was the same situation we had on Sons, we had major recast and we reshot 95% of the pilot and that's gonna happen again. What it does for me is it allows me to watch it and then go what didn't work, what did work, and really do a big rewrite.
"So, now they're just literally waiting for the script. We had the team all together. I'm not gonna direct it because if it gets picked up, we'll slam right into production. So, my other [executive producer] Noberto [Barba] is gonna do the reshoots, so hopefully that'll all happen in August/September and we'll go into production the first of the year."