‘Promised Land’: Yul Vazquez, Julio Macias, Ariana Guerra Among Cast To Join ABC Latinx Family Drama
ABC has announced additional cast for Promised Land, its upcoming Latinx family drama starring John Ortiz and Christina Ochoa. Yul Vazquez (The Outsider), Julio Macias (Selena: The Series), Ariana Guerra (Helstrom), Kerri Medders (SEAL Team) Tom Amandes (A Million Little Pieces), Natalia del Riego (How To Get Away With Murder) and Miguel Angel Garcia (Deputy) are set for heavily recurring roles in the drama series.
Created and written by Matt Lopez and directed by Michael Cuesta, Promised Land is an epic, generation-spanning drama about two Latinx families vying for wealth and power in California’s Sonoma Valley.
In addition to Ortiz and Ochoa, cast also includes Bellamy Young, Cecilia Suárez, Augusto Aguilera, Mariel Molino, Tonatiuh, Andres Velez, Katya Martín and Rolando Chusan.
Vazquez plays Father Ramos. A Catholic priest, Father Ramos has compassion and good humor tinged with a certain world-weariness. Apparently just another man of God, he knows quite a few secrets about the Sandoval family.
Garcia portrays Junior, the youngest child of the Sandoval family, and the most erratic. His siblings think he can be trusted with little or nothing, but his father Joe, the family patriarch, still holds out hope and a special affection for his troubled son.
Amandes is O.M. Honeycroft. An intimidating, all-powerful presence, he’s a successful businessman who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — after all, it’s the soil and its fruit that made him rich.
Guerra plays Rosa. Fueled by dreams of becoming a nurse in her new home of California, she doesn’t give up on her dreams even as her circumstances become increasingly grim.
Medders plays Young Margaret, the ambitious, beautiful daughter of O.M. Honeycroft, the wealthy owner of the Honeycroft Estate.
Del Riego portrays Daniela, a new employee at the home of the Sandoval family, and an undocumented immigrant.
Macias plays Javier, the newly hired General Manager at the Heritage House Vineyard, son of the vineyard’s now-retired foreman.
Lopez executive produces with Adam Kolbrenner of Lit Entertainment Group, with Maggie Malina and Cuesta. ABC Signature, a part of Disney Television Studios, is the studio.
Garcia is repped by Carlos Carreras at CESD Talent Agency and managed by Vince Lazzo and Javier Chapa at Inclusion Management. Amandes is repped by Stewart Talent. Guerra is repped by Pakula/King, Gartner Group Entertainment and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher. Medders is repped by Liz York at Principal Entertainment LA and Coast to Coast Talent Group. Macias is repped by Stewart Talent, Corner Booth Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein. Vazquez is repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment. Del Riego is repped by Untitled Entertainment, CESD, Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light.
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They join previously announced Colman Domingo — who stars as Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin — Chris Rock, Glynn Turman Audra McDonald, Aml Ameen, Gus Halper, Johnny Ramey, CCH Pounder, Michael Potts, Carra Patterson, Adrienne Warren, Bill Irwin and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.
The George C. Wolfe-directed pic tells the story of how Rustin overcame an onslaught of obstacles and altered the course of American history by organizing the 1963 March on Washington. Rustin is the first film production from Michelle and Barack Obama’s Higher Ground, which has their deal at Netflix.
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‘Warrior’ Star Perry Yung Cast as Patriarch in Hmong Family Drama ‘The Harvest’ (Exclusive)
Yung will play an aging refugee and war survivor whose condition wreaks havoc on his familyLawrence Yee | October 27, 2021 @ 2:39 PM
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Perry Yung has been cast as the patriarch in the upcoming family drama “The Harvest,” a story about an estranged son who returns home to help his ailing Hmong father, only to be confronted with the intergenerational conflicts and traumas that exist between children and their traditional parents.
“The Harvest” is based off Doua Moua’s own script (the screenplay was a Nicholl Fellowship semi-finalist screenplay) and Moua will also star.
Yung will play Cher, an elder refugee and war survivor who suffers the devastating and deteriorating effects that his kidney failure has on his family. He is best known for playing Father Jun in the HBO Max series “Warrior.”
“What makes ‘The Harvest’ film so special beyond the great themes and story, are the characters. Each role so well written, so personal, so authentic, that I saw my own family reflected in each scene,” Yung told TheWrap. “As an older Asian American actor, finding great characters has always been difficult, whether it is in film, television or stage, but to be able to portray a complex Asian American father is a gift; the role of a lifetime actually.”Also Read:
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Also attached is Singaporean-American actress Dawn Ying Yuen (“Zoetic,” “My Mother’s Jade”), who will portray Youa, the matriarch of the Moua family. Her role inside the family and clan is just as complex as her life outside it.
“The Harvest shows the culture and values of immigrant parents to the children of American upbringing. It is a narrative necessary for the US audience, to provide deeper understanding of the Hmong community,” Yuen said. “I am deeply honored and excited to be working alongside actors like the experienced Perry Yung, the talented Doua Moua, and the outstanding director Caylee So. I feel that our synergy will be fantastic as we have a real understanding of the immigrant story.”
Newcomer Chrisna Chhor has been cast in the role of Sue, a teenage girl who struggles with finding her voice and her place inside the strict customs of her inherited culture.Also Read:
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The film will be directed by Caylee So (“In the Life of Music”). Doua Moua and John Houselog will produce the film under their Chiyou Entertainment banner. Chiyou Entertainment is a new independent production company that seeks to develop and produce diverse stories with the intention of challenging, reflecting and celebrating underrepresented communities.
Moua’s “Mulan” costar Yoson An and Money Vang will be executive producing the film.
Perry Yung is repped by Davien Littlefield Management. Dawn Ying Yuen is repped by Minc Talent. Doua Moua is repped by Creative Talent Company.
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