AceShowbiz - Upcoming "Party of Five" reboot has started to take shape. The Freeform project has casted its five actors to lead the deportation-themed reboot of the former FOX series which is now in pilot stage.
Brandon Larracuente ("13 Reasons Why"), Emily Tosta ("Mayans MC"), Niko Guardado" ("The Goldbergs") and newcomer Elle Paris Legaspi have been tapped to play the siblings on the new take of the '90s drama.
Larracuente will play Emilio Buendia, an aspiring musician and the oldest son of Gloria and Javier Buendia. He is the reason why his parents cross the Mexican into the U.S. nearly 25 years ago in hopes of a better life. Despite being the oldest, he's deemed the least responsible of the siblings as he had been enjoying living away from home and the freedom that came with it until his parents' status was threatened.
Meanwhile, Tosta, is set to portray Lucia Buendia. She is a straight-A student with lofty college ambitions until her parents run into trouble with immigration. Their circumstances force her to re-evaluate her disposition to play by the rules. She quickly becomes resistant to authority, politically radicalized and rebellious to her presumed duties as the oldest sister.
Portraying Beto Buendia is Guardado Buendia. Beto is the second oldest brother of the family who steps up in the midst of turmoil. While struggling with sports, girls and school, he soon discovers that being the head of his family comes easily to him and gives him the self-respect and sense of purpose he has never had before.
Lastly, Legaspi is playing ten-year-old Valentina Buendia, the precocious and resourceful youngest sister. Forced to face adolescence without her mother, she’s desperately afraid of what the future holds, and her vulnerability will require her older siblings to step up and offer the structure and support that they may not be wholly equipped to provide.
Created by the original series creators Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman, the reboot pilot is executive produced by Rodrigo Garcia and Michal Zebede. Keyser and Lippman are also serving as executive producers. Sony Pictures Television Studios will produce.
The original series follows the Salinger siblings as they navigated life after their parents were killed in a drunk-driving accident. It ran for six seasons and over 140 episodes on FOX from 1994 until 2000. Starring Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell, Lacey Chabert and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
The reboot, however, is set to center on the Buendias as they are navigating the modern world by themselves after their parents got unexpectedly deported to Mexico.