Edward James Olmos has inked a deal that reunites him with filmmaker Gregory Nava (“Selena,” “Mi Familia”) in the helmer’s upcoming CBS family drama.
Esai Morales, who starred opposite Olmos in Nava’s “Familia” and 1998’s “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit,” has also signed on to the skein, while Raquel Welch is in final negotiations to join the cast of the Greenblatt-Janollari pilot. Show, tentatively titled “American Family,” revolves around a multigenerational Latino family living in Los Angeles.
Project marks Olmos’ primetime series television debut, and adds even more heat to an already high-profile project at a time when webs, under pressure from the NAACP and other groups, are actively looking to bring minority themes and casts into primetime.
In other pilot casting news, Jill Clayburgh and newcomer Adam Kaufman have been set to star in the untitled Regency Television-Zwick/Herskovitz drama in the works at Fox Broadcasting Co.
Show is being written and directed by indie filmmaker Bart Freundlich (“The Myth of Fingerprints.”) Kaufman will play a young male who returns home to New York and his family. Clayburgh will play his mother. Veteran character actor Michael Murphy will play his dad.
As for “American Family,” Olmos will play the patriarch of the Gonzalez family, while Morales will play his strong-willed son Esteban, a single dad with a troubled past.
Welch will play Olmos’ sister, Dora Flores.
Nava is writing, exec producing and directing the pilot.
In addition to his work in Nava’s films, Olmos has appeared in a slew of feature pics, including “American Me” (which he also directed), “Stand and Deliver” and “The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca.”
Morales’ credits also include “The Real Thing” and “La Bamba.” He was also in the NBC mini “Atomic Train.”
Screen legend Welch’s last major series role was in the CBS sudser “Central Park West.”