Ever since news broke that a Sons of Anarchy spinoff series is in the works, fans of the original TV show have been itching to know whether Charlie Hunnam will reprise his role as Jax Teller. Now, fans have learned there’s a good chance we will see Charlie again — if only for a cameo.
The spin-off series, called Mayans MC, will take place after the events of Season 7, which ended Sons of Anarchy’s run. As fans of the show know, Charlie Hunnam’s character died at the end of the last episode, which complicates a possible return of Charlie’s character.
However, in a video interview with TMZ, Charlie Hunnam says he is more than willing to return to his role in any way series creator Kurt Sutter might ask of him.
“If they call me,” Charlie Hunnam said. “If they want me to do a little dream sequence, I’ll do a little dream sequence. I would do anything for Kurt, I love that guy.”
Perhaps, though, we shouldn’t count on Charlie Hunnam for the exact plot details, as he reveals another surprising fact — turns out, Charlie never watched the last season of Sons of Anarchy, so he never got to see his character’s bloody demise.
“I usually don’t watch my own shows, I’m too close to it”, Charlie Hunnam explained. “I need a little bit of distance before I watch it, so I can appreciate it and see it for what it is… I’m a little too much of a control freak.”
The Mayans MC pilot was officially ordered by FX earlier this year and will be co-written by Kurt Sutter, the original creator of Sons of Anarchy, and Latin filmmaker Elgin James.
Little is known about the plot at this point, but the spinoff is set to follow the Latino motorcycle club known as The Mayans, who were usually a fierce enemy of Charlie Hunnam’s Jax Teller and his Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club, though they often had to work together when battling common enemies.
According to the official synopsis of the new series, “Mayans MC is set in a post Jax Teller world, where EZ Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the Cali/Mexi border, struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel, and his need for respect from the women he loves.”
Elgin James, who will also co-executive produce the new series, was brought on by Kurt Sutter for his “unique Latino voice.”
“I didn’t think a white guy from Jersey should be writing about Latin culture and traditions. Elgin is that voice,” Kurt explained.
Elgin’s real-life background is a good match for the show, as Deadline Hollywood reports. He was himself a member of a gang in Boston for 15 years and, just like Charlie Hunnam’s character, served a prison sentence for a gang-related federal crime.
Emilio Rivera, who portrayed Marcus Alvarez, the Mayans leader on Sons of Anarchy (and often both a friend and a foe to Charlie Hunnam’s character), has all but confirmed his involvement with the new show in a series of Instagram posts showing series creator Kurt Sutter and himself as Alvarez.
One of those posts was captioned, “Mayan Monday gonna be a Crazy Ride”.
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When rumors of the Sons of Anarchy spinoff first emerged, some speculated it would be a prequel that explored the early days of SAMCRO and possibly following the story of John Teller, Jax’s father. This would have also prevented a recurring role for Charlie Hunnam, as his character wouldn’t have been born yet.
With the new series now set to be a sequel, there’s an opening not just for Charlie Hunnam’s character, but also for some of the other Sons of Anarchy characters to show up — at least those who were still alive at the end of Season 7.
Whether we get a Charlie Hunnam cameo or not, and how it would play out with Jax being dead, still remains to be seen, but at least Charlie himself is very much up for the job.
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