Luis Guzmán to Appear on Season 2 of Starz’s Crime Drama Series “Hightown”

Luis Guzmán is coming to (High)town

The 64-year-old Puerto Rican actor has been cast for a season-long arc on the second season of Starz’s crime drama series Hightown, starring Monica Raymund, from Jerry Bruckheimer and Lionsgate Television.

Luis Guzman

Production is currently underway on the 10-episode second season of the series created by Rebecca Cutter, who will make her television directorial debut this season. Oscar–nominated filmmaker Rachel Morrison will return to direct two episodes. Raymund, Dawn WilkinsonRadium Cheung and Eagle Egilsson are also tapped to direct this season.

Guzmán will play Jorge Cuevas, Frankie’s (Amaury Nolasco) cousin. A charming and hilarious yet dangerous sociopath. Also joining the recurring cast are Jona Xiao as Daisy, a stripper at Xavier’s. Bubbly and working class with a hard edge. She’s got swag and can handle herself. Charline St. Charles as Henriette, first generation Haitian-American, wife of Sgt. Saintille (Dohn Norwood) and Dominic L. Santana as Chuleta, Jorge (Guzman) & Frankie’s (Nolasco) muscle.

They join returning cast members Raymund, James Badge Dale, Riley Voelkel, Nolasco, Atkins Estimond and Dohn Norwood. Tonya Glanz also returns in a heavily recurring role as Leslie Babcock, Jackie’s (Raymund) partner in the Narcotics Unit.

“I’m so in love with this cast and the way they brought my vision to life in Season One,” said Cutter, who recently entered an overall deal with Lionsgate Television. “Now I feel inspired to create in a whole new way, through directing. I will be learning from some of the best in the business – Rachel Morrison and Monica Raymund — and I can’t wait to showcase Cape Cod in a new light as we focus on the off-season. We are thrilled to be back in production and bringing you the next chapter in this story.”

Luis Guzmán to Appear on the Upcoming Season of Showtime’s “Shameless” 

There’s a little shame(less)in Luis Guzmán’s game…

The 62-year-old Puerto Rican actor has landed a recurring role in the upcoming ninth season of Showtime’s Shameless.

Luis Guzmán

In Season 9, political fervor hits the South Side and the Gallaghers take justice into their own hands. A few highlights: Frank (William H. Macy) sees financial opportunity in campaigning and decides to give voice to the underrepresented South Side working man. Fiona (Emmy Rossum) tries to build on her success with her apartment building and takes an expensive gamble hoping to catapult herself into the upper echelon. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) distracts himself from the challenges of sobriety by taking in Eddie’s niece, Xan (Amirah Johnson). Ian (Cameron Monaghan) faces the consequences of his crimes as the Gay Jesus movement takes a destructive turn.

Guzmán will portray Mikey O’Shea. Frank (Macy) meets his match in O’Shea, a fellow lush and contender in an ad campaign competition to find the new face of Hobo Loco, a cheap liquor aimed at fraternities and alcoholics.

Guzmán’s recent television credits include Code Black, Roadies and Narcos. He’ll next be seen on the big screen in The Padre, set for release next month.

Shameless‘ expanded 14-episode Season 9 will air in two parts, premiering September 9 and January 20.

Created by Paul Abbott, Shameless is produced by Bonanza Productionsin association withJohn Wells Productionsand Warner Bros. Television. Developed for American television by John Wells, the series is executive produced by Wells and Nancy M. Pimental.

Guzman to Star in the Drama “The Padre”

It’s padre time for Luis Guzman

The 60-year-olld Puerto Rican actor will star opposite Tim Roth and Nick Nolte in Darius Films’ forthcoming  drama The Padre.

Luis Guzman

Directed by Jonathan Sobol from a script by Stephen Kunc, the film will also star Colombian actress Valeria Henriquez.

The Padre tells the story of the Padre (Roth), a small-time con man on the run from his dogged pursuers, U.S. Court Justice Nemes (Nolte) and local police officer Gaspar (Guzmán). When the Padre is caught mid-con, he flees the scene in a stolen car, unaware that a precocious 16-year-old girl, Lena (Henriquez), is stowing away in the back seat. After she blackmails him into letting her join his journey, the duo plan their biggest heist yet — not always aware of the dangers of working with each other and the law closing in on them.

Guzmán is a regular on the CBS medical drama Code Black. His other film credits include The Do-Over, Keanu, Top Five, We’re The Millers and Turbo.

The Padre is shooting in Bogota, Colombia.

Ferrera Among 683 Stars Invited to Become Members of The Academy

America Ferrera is joining the Academy…

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited a record 683 people to joins its ranks, including the 32-year-old Honduran American actress, more than double last year’s 322 invitees.

America Ferrera

Best known for her Golden Globe-, Screen Actors Guild Award and Emmy-winning role on ABC’s Ugly Betty, Ferrera has also starred in several acclaimed films including Real Women Have Curves, Under the Same Moon, End of Watch, Cesar Chavez and Lords of Dogtown.

The Academy was careful to include a breakdown by gender and race, with the new list comprising of 46% women, including Girl in Progess star Eva Mendes and Fast & Furious star Michelle Rodriguez, and 41% people of color, including Luis Guzman, Oscar Isaac and Spanish director J.A. Bayona.

“We’re proud to welcome these new members to the Academy and know they view this as an opportunity and not just an invitation — a mission and not just a membership,” Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. “This class continues our long-term commitment to welcoming extraordinary talent reflective of those working in film today. We encourage the larger creative community to open its doors wider and create opportunities for anyone interested in working in this incredible and storied industry.”

The new invitees include 28 Oscar winners, range in age from 24 to 91 and represent 59 countries.

 

Other Latinos invited to join AMPAS include Enrique Castillo, Sal Lopez, Marisa Paredes, Jacob Vargas, Daphne Zuniga, Ciro Guerra and Nicole Garcia.

 

Check out the complete list here.

Sheen to Star in the 9/11-Themed Indie Film “Nine Eleven”

Charlie Sheen is heading back to the big screen…

The 50-year-old part-Spanish actor will star in the independent film Nine Eleven, a drama project that has kicked off production.

Charlie Sheen

The plot centers on a group of people stuck in an elevator in the Twin Towers during the 9/11 attack. Martin Guigui is directing from script he wrote with Steven Golebiowski.

Thunder Studios, Sprockefeller Pictures, Vitamin A Films and Sunset Pictures are producing the film.

Luis Guzman, Wood Harris and Olga Fonda have also been cast.

Sheen’s last movie was 2013’s sequel Machete Kills where he played the U.S. President.

 

It’s Sheen’s first work since announcing in November he is HIV-positive. Production is now underway in Long Beach, CA for a scheduled four-week shoot.

Trailer Released for Guzman’s “Puerto Ricans In Paris”

Luis Guzman is Paris bound…

The official trailer has been released for Ian Edelman’s directorial film debut Puerto Ricans In Paris, starring the 58-year-old Puerto Rican actor.

Puerto Ricans In Paris

Co-written by Edelman and Neel Shah, the comedy revolves around brothers-in-law, Eddie (Edgar Garcia) and Luis (Guzman), who are highly regarded counterfeit detectives dispatched to Paris to recover a stolen purse.

Rosario Dawson, Rosie Perez, Alice Taglioni, Miriam Shor and Frederic Anscombre come along for the heist and hijinks.

The pic, executive produced by Pitbull, premieres at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 12 at the Regal L.A. Live Cinemas with a second screening June 17.

Guzman to Star in CBS’ Medical Drama Pilot “Code Black”

Luis Guzman is breaking the code

The 58-year-old Puerto Rican actor has been cast as a lead opposite Maggie Grace in the CBS pilot Code Black.

Luis Guzman

The medical drama, written by Michael Seitzman and directed by David Semel for ABC Studios, is based on Ryan McGarry’s feature documentary of the same name.

The project is set in the busiest and most notorious emergency room in the nation and revolves around four residents who are getting their first taste of ER medicine and the medical staff who mentor, teach and terrify them.

Guzman will portray Jose Santiago, the affable but tough and strong, no-s**t, seen-it-all, senior nurse at the ER who is responsible for the four new residents. As he puts it, “for the next three years I’m your mama…and your mama knows when you’re lying, crying or dying.”

Guzman, a favorite of director Steven Soderbergh, who cast him in Out of Sight, The Limey, and Traffic, has starred in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love. He also starred in the HBO original series How to Make It in America.

Guzman Lands Recurring Role in Showtime’s Comedy Pilot “Roadie”

Luis Guzman is ready to hit the roadie

The 58-year-old Puerto Rican actor has landed a recurring role in Showtime’s comedy pilot Roadies.

Luis Guzman

The show follows a hot-ticket concert tour with a twist: The band is in the background, and the roadies take the spotlight.

Guzman will play Gooch, the band’s cherished bus driver.

Guzman’s television credits include appearances on How To Make It In America, Community, John from Cincinnati and Oz.

His film credits include The Bone Collector, The Lookalike and We’re The Millers.

Guzmán Lands Recurring Role on ABC’s Midseason Drama “Mind Games”

Luis Guzmán is getting ready to play mind games

The 57-year-old Puerto Rican actor has landed a recurring role on ABC’s midseason drama Mind Games.

Luis Guzmán

The series centers on two brothers — Ross (portrayed by Christian Slater), a con man, and Clark (Steve Zahn), suffering from bipolar disorder — as they run a problem-solving firm that uses psychological manipulation.

Guzmán will portray Nate, a henchman for fellow recurring actor Vinnie Jones’ character Isaac.

His character is described as a physically imposing and very intimidating, but with a soft center.

It’s the latest television role for Guzmán, who is known for his character work in films like We’re the Millers, Nothing Like the Holidays and Anger Management.

He most recently guest-starred on an episode of NBC’s Community, as well as starred in HBO’s How to Make It in America for two seasons.