Kurt Sutter and the rest of the cast and crew of Mayans MC sat down for a panel at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend. Along with releasing a brand-new trailer for the first season, Mayans MC star JD Pardo talked about learning from Charlie Hunnam’s mistakes on the set of Sons of Anarchy.
Pardo told fans that Hunnam was not very experienced in terms of riding a motorcycle when he landed the role of Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy. In fact, Hunnam actually fell down on his bike while filming a few scenes for the pilot.
When Pardo heard about Hunnam’s accident, he vowed that it wouldn’t be a mistake he made. Whenever a cast member dropped a bike, everyone on set would reassure them that they are “in good company.”
Apart from Pardo’s comments about Hunnam, Sutter revealed a few more details about the spin-off. Sutter added a few strong female leads for Mayans MC, despite the series focusing on the motorcycle gang and its members.
Of course, the series will center on the story of Pardo’s character, EZ Reyes, who is a prospect in the Mayans club looking to forge a new outlaw identity.
Speaking of Pardo, Sutter also dished on why he chose him to play the lead character on Mayans MC. During the panel, the Sons of Anarchy creator explained how he knew exactly what the show needed and loved the way Pardo interacted with other actors during the audition.
At the end of the day, Sutter cast Pardo because he saw “something interesting and commanding” in his script readings.
Of course, the biggest question for fans is whether or not we’ll see any crossover between Mayans MC and Sons of Anarchy. While Sutter wouldn’t reveal too many details, he did tease that there will be an “intersection” between the shows. We don’t know if that will come in the form of familiar faces or not, but it’s clear we’ll get some kind of tribute to the original show.
That said, Sutter also cautioned that he doesn’t want to step too much on the mythology surrounding Sons, and he wants to “keep it sacred” — at least for now.
In addition to the cast interviews and trailer, the lucky fans at Comic-Con were gifted with a 13-minute sneak peek at the pilot for Mayans MC, which will premiere on FX September 4.