Yul Vazquez is preparing for a rendezvous at the witching hour…
NBC will premiere Midnight, Texas, starring the 52-year-old Cuban American actor, on Tuesday, July 25 at 10:00 pm ET.
One of the network’s new shows for the 2016-2017 season, the thriller is based on the book series from True Blood author Charlaine Harris.
In addition to Vazquez, who portrays Rev. Emilio Sheehan on the supernatural series, the cast also includes François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Jason Lewis, Peter Mensah and Sarah Ramos.
Vazquez’s previous television credits include appearances on HBO’s Divorce, The Lottery, Person of Interest, The Good Wife and Magic City.
The 51-year-old Cuban actor and musician has been cast as a series regular in NBC’s supernatural drama pilotMidnight, Texas, based on the best-selling trilogy by Charlaine Harris.
Written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Niels Arden Oplev, the project is described as “Twin Peaks meets True Blood” in Midnight, Texas, a remote town where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf, or even an angel.
Vazquez will portray the Reverand, a grizzled Mexican cowboy who always wears his Stetson boots. He presides over the wedding chapel and cemetery.
Vazquez played the series regular role of President Westwood on The Lottery. His other credits include television appearances on Person of Interest, Magic Cityand The Good Wife.
The Latino actor has landed a series regular roles on FX’s drama pilot Snowfall.
Co-created and co-written by the Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton and Eric Amadio and directed by Singleton, the series is set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the 1980s.
Uriza will portray Manuel Villanueva, a cocaine distributor who makes it clear that working for him means doing “bad things,” but he pays well.
Uriza has starred in numerous Spanish language projects including the telenovelaUna Maid en Manhattan, which was based on Jennifer Lopez’s hit film Maid in Manhattan.
He most recently appeared on TNT’s Agent X and had a recurring role on FX’sThe Bridgeopposite Demian Bichir.
His other credits include Magic City and Burn Notice.
Esai Morales’ next project will have him on the brink of political greatness…
The 51-year-old Puerto Rican actor has landed a co-starring a role in the HBO pilot The Brink.
Directed by Jay Roach from a script by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib, The Brink is an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Tim Robbins); Alex Coppins (Jack Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot.
Morales will portray Julian Navarro, the President of the United States.
While the U.S. is yet to elect a Hispanic president, that has been a popular trend on television that has included Jimmy Smits’ Matt Santos on The West Wing and Blair Underwood’s Elias Martinez on The Event.
Yul Vazquez will soon be hitting the high seas with Tom Hanks…
The Cuban American actor, who currently appears on Starz’s Magic City, is starring as Captain Frank Castellano in the Hanks-headlined film Captain Phillips, which has been named the opening-night film at the prestigious New York Film Festival next month.
Directed by Paul Greengrass, the Sony Pictures film tells the true story of Captain Richard Phillips (portrayed by Hanks) and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama.
Phillips was eventually rescued in a dangerous mission by a Navy SEAL team.
Along with Hanks and Vazquez, the film also stars Catherine Keener, Max Martini, Michael Chernus, Chris Mulkey, John Magaro and Angus MacInnes.
Captain Phillips is set to hit theaters on October 11.
Vazquez’s other upcoming projects include Runner Runner with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, Blood Ties with Mila Kunis, Clive Owen and Marion Cotillard and Kill The Messenger directed by Michael Cuesta opposite Jeremy Renner.
Esai Morales is giving his state of the union address, of sorts.
The 50-year-old Puerto Rican actor and Magic City star is the running for SAG-AFTRA’s first sole position of National President. And, he’s speaking out about his candidacy.
To drum up support, the La Bamba actor shared a video statement with Deadline.com about his candidacy.
“I served on the National Board alongside Esai and I know him to be a caring and dedicated person. I believe the SAG-AFTRA membership will be well served with Esai as our National President,” said Ed Harris about Morales’ candidacy.
SAG-AFTRA is an American labor union representing more than 160,000 film and television principal and background performers throughout the world. The national position carries a two-year term.
Esai Morales next role could be quite presidential…
SAG-AFTRA has released the official roster of candidates for its upcoming elections, with the 50-year-old Puerto Rican actor and Magic City star in the running for the top position.
Morales is running for national president of SAG-AFTRA against Paul Edney, Ken Howard and Marilyn Monrovia.
“As an experienced ‘actorvist,’ I will refine how this merged union can benefit all members,” says the La Bamba star in his statement. “The current delay in residuals is unacceptable. I will hasten the unions promise of merging the pension and health plans. I will ensure that our readiness for the 2014 TV/Theatrical contract negotiations is unparalleled. SAG-AFTRA can no longer operate in the red. I will establish worldwide recognition, branding and proper industry respect for SAG-AFTRA. For our background performers I will lead the vetting of the costly and questionable hiring practices.”
The national position carries a two-year term.
National officer ballots will be mailed to all eligible SAG-AFTRA members nationwide on July16, with a return deadline and tabulation on August 15. Election results are expected to be announced that evening. The same schedule will apply to the Los Angeles and New York Local elections. Schedules vary for other local elections.
SAG-AFTRA is an American labor union representing more than 160,000 film and television principal and background performers throughout the world.
Set in 1959 Miami shortly after the Cuban Revolution, Magic City tells the story of Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the owner of the Miramar Playa, Miami’s most glamorous hotel. Evans is forced to make an ill-fated deal with Miami mob boss Ben Diamond (Danny Huston) to ensure the success of his glitzy establishment.
Along with Morales – who will play Carlos Ruiz, a former rebel who once fought beside Fidel Castro but now works to free Cuba from the man he once considered a brother – Mitch Glazer’s drama will see another newcomer (James Caan) and the promise of more blood spilled.
The show’s other Latino stars include Andy Garcia‘s daughter Dominik Garcia-Lorido and Yul Vazquez.
The 50-year-old Puerto Rican actor has been cast in CBS’ legal drama pilot The Advocates.
The David Nutter-directed project, which was written by Bruno Heller, revolves around lawyer Shannon Carter and ex-con Henry Bird who join forces as “victim advocates,” going to the very edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog.
Morales, best known for portraying Ritchie Valens’ troubled brother in the 1987 biopicLa Bamba, will play Rafael “Raffa” Cortez, an ambitious and somewhat Machiavellian district attorney.
Morales, who has a recurring role on the upcoming second season of Starz’s Magic City, has previously starred in Showtime’s Resurrection Blvd., NYPD Blueand the sci-fi seriesCaprica.