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Ike Evans

played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Ike Evans

played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Character Bio Actor Bio

IKE EVANS is the king of 1959 Miami Beach and “uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.” Ike is locked in a life and death struggle with his suddenly not-so-silent partner, mob boss Ben “The Butcher” Diamond. Ike realizes that everything bad, everything wrong in his life began when, in desperation, he took Ben Diamond’s money to build his dream hotel, The Miramar Playa. Ike, seeing there is no way he can live with, no way he can survive this mob cancer, vows to rid himself of the Butcher… or die trying. He will risk everything, freedom and family, to win back the Miramar Playa and in the process learn the truth in the proverb – what good is it for a man to gain the world but lose his soul?

Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s charisma, undeniable charm and versatility have landed him a variety of prestigious films working alongside a number of award-winning actors and filmmakers. Having worked nonstop in back-to-back features the past few years, Morgan has captured the attention of Hollywood and has emerged as one of the industry’s most sought-after leading men.

2012 was been a busy year for Morgan. In addition to “Magic City,” he starred in Peace, Love & Misunderstanding alongside Catherine Keener, Jane Fonda and Elizabeth Olsen for director Bruce Beresford. The film is the story of a conservative New York City lawyer who takes her two teenagers to visit her estranged hippie mother after her husband asks for a divorce.

In August, he starred with Kyra Sedgwick in The Possession for producer Sam Raimi. The film centers on a recently divorced father whose youngest daughter becomes strangely connected to an antique wooden box that the two purchase at a yard sale.

Audiences will next see him in the reboot of the 1984 action movie Red Dawn which features a group of teenagers who form an insurgency, called the Wolverines, when Chinese and North Korean soldiers invade their town.

Most recently Morgan starred in the murder mystery The Texas Killing Fields. In the film, which is based on a true story, Morgan portrays a detective transplanted from New York who teams with a local investigator to solve a murder. The film, directed by Ami Canaan Mann and produced by Michael Mann, also stars Sam Worthington, Chloe Moretz and Jessica Chastain.

Prior to that Morgan starred in the Warner Bros. film Watchmen for director Zack Snyder, which was an adaptation of the iconic graphic novel. Morgan played the pivotal role of ‘Edward Blake/The Comedian,’ a Vietnam vet who is a member of a group of heroes called the Minutemen.

Morgan also co-starred with Hilary Swank in the Warner Bros. film P.S., I Love You about a woman who is grieving the loss of her husband.

Morgan also starred in The Losers, an adaptation of DC-Vertigo’s acclaimed comic book series about a band of black ops commandos who are set up to be killed by their own government. The film was produced by Joel Silver and directed by Sylvain White.

Morgan’s additional film credits include Ang Lee’s film Taking Woodstock, The Accidental Husband alongside Uma Thurman, a cameo role alongside Rachel Weisz in the comedy Fred Claus and the independent office comedy Kabluey, in which he played a charismatic yet smarmy co-worker to Lisa Kudrow’s character.

Morgan endeared himself to audiences with his recurring role on the ABC hit series “Grey’s Anatomy.” His dramatic arc as heart patient ‘Denny Duquette,’ who wins the heart of intern ‘Izzie Stevens’ in a star-crossed romance, made him a universal fan favorite. He also had a recurring role in Showtime’s award-winning comedy series, “Weeds.”

Ben Diamond

played by Danny Huston

Ben Diamond

played by Danny Huston
Character Bio Actor Bio

BEN DIAMOND may be the king of Miami’s underworld, but he still answers to a higher power – the Chicago Outfit. Since revenue from his Havana casinos has disappeared under the Castro regime, Ben must ramp up efforts in his other Miami businesses and look for new opportunities, the most promising being the prospect of legal casino gambling on the Beach. Installing a casino in Miami Beach’s crown jewel, the Miramar Playa, would be printing money for Ben and the Mob and Ike Evans’ worst nightmare: Ben Diamond would be Ike’s partner for life… and a short life it might be.

While Ben battles Ike over the future of the Miramar Playa, he also begins a strange dance with Ike’s son Stevie. Stevie and Ben’s gorgeous wife Lily continue their torrid affair but, unbeknownst to Stevie, Ben is now an enthusiastic viewer of their trysts. Their passion excites the Butcher, but when Ben tires of their assignations, things will get even more dangerous for the young lovers.

Award-winning actor Danny Huston is known for his versatility and dramatic screen presence. True to Huston form, Danny is cultivating a storied career both in front of and behind the camera.

Known as a writer, director and producer, Huston got his start directing Mr. North, starring Anthony Edwards, Robert Mitchum and his sister, Anjelica Huston. Later, Huston gave his breakthrough acting performance in the independent film Ivansxtc and was nominated for Best Male Performance at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2003.

Huston’s other film credits include Birth (directed by Jonathan Glazer) opposite Nicole Kidman, Silver City (directed by John Sayles) and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator starring Leonardo DiCaprio, for which the ensemble cast was nominated for a 2004 Screen Actors Guild Award. The following year, Huston received the Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as ‘Sandy Woodrow’ in Fernando Meirelles’ The Constant Gardener and starred in the critically acclaimed Australian Western The Proposition (directed by John Hillcoat) alongside Guy Pearce and Emily Watson. Marie Antoinette (directed by Sofia Coppola), Children of Men (director Alfonso Cuarón), Fade to Black, in which he played Orson Welles directed by Oliver Parker, The Number 23 (director Joel Schumacher), The Kingdom (directed by Peter Berg), 30 Days of Night (director David Slade), The Kreutzer Sonata (director Bernard Rose), the comedy How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (directed by Robert Weide), the FOX blockbuster franchise X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and he portrayed Samuel Adams in the award-winning HBO miniseries “John Adams.”

Released in 2010, films included Martin Campbell’s thriller Edge of Darkness opposite Mel Gibson, and Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, and the fantasy-action Sngmoo Lee’s The Warriors Way with Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush. In Barry Levinson’s HBO critically acclaimed award-winning “You Don’t Know Jack,” Huston portrayed ‘Geoffrey Feiger,’ Kevorkian’s lawyer, opposite Al Pacino.
Released in 2011, Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, with James McAvoy, Robin Wright and Kevin Kline, A Monster in Paris animation directed by Bibo Bergeron, and Playoff directed by Eran Riklis based on the life of Ralph Klein, the infamous Israeli basketball coach, which garnered him the 2011 Best Male Lead Performance Award at the Montreal Film Festival.

In March 2012, Huston starred in Jonathan Liebesman’s Wrath of the Titans, reprising his role as ‘Poseidon’ opposite Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson. Huston also appeared in Simon West’s Stolen, with Nicolas Cage, Malin Akerman and Josh Lucas.

Huston is currently starring as ‘Whitfield Cook’ in Fox Searchlight’s Hitchcock. The film follows Alfred Hitchcock’s (Hopkins) struggles during the filmmaking of his horror classic Psycho. Huston stars alongside Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Jessica Biel and Scarlett Johansson.

Presently, Huston plays the role of ‘Ben Diamond’ on his first television series helmed by Mitch Glazer for STARZ, “Magic City.” Huston received a Golden Globe® nomination for his chilling performance in season one. Season two is set to return in summer 2013.

Huston also appeared in Bernard Rose’s Two Jacks opposite Sienna Miller and his nephew, Jack Huston and will be seen in Ari Folman’s The Congress, with Harvey Keitel and Robin Wright. In July 2012, Huston wrapped production on Libertador for director Alberto Arvel Mendoza in Madrid.

Vera Evans

played by Olga Kurylenko

Vera Evans

played by Olga Kurylenko
Character Bio Actor Bio

VERA EVANS, Ike’s beautiful second wife, redefines her place in Ike’s life. In the crisis of Ike’s imprisonment, Vera stepped in and proved to her world, her family and, most importantly, to herself that she is a smart, capable, modern woman. Now she must navigate a jealous older stepson, Stevie Evans, the heir apparent, as well as the limited expectations for a woman in 1959. Vera, momentarily blocked in the hotel business by Ike and Stevie, leaps at the chance to reclaim her former dancing glory onstage at the Miramar Playa. As she chases one dream, Vera’s safe and secure marriage is shaken – Vera discovers that Ike has invited former sister-in-law Meg Bannock to play a larger role in their lives. Vera unravels the truth of Ike’s business dealings and discovers to what lengths he’ll go to protect the Miramar Playa.

Olga Kurylenko came to international prominence when she starred opposite Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace, directed by Marc Forster. She garnered excellent reviews as ‘Camille,’ a woman focused on avenging the murder of her family.

In 2012, Kurylenko completed production on the Universal feature Oblivion where she stars opposite Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. The film was released in both the US and UK on April 12, 2013.

This year, Kurylenko will be seen in To The Wonder, the new Terrence Malick film which premiered in competition at The Venice Film Festival in September 2012 and was also screened at Toronto. Kurylenko plays the lead in Malick’s film, which co-stars Javier Bardem, Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams. Critics have singled out her performance; Variety wrote “the radiant Kurylenko... gives a physically vivacious turn with a deeply melancholy core,” Collider commented “Kurylenko has never been better,” and Indiewire observedKurylenko is a revelation. The actress is luminous in the part ‘Marina’ and her heartbreaking turn should open a lot of doors for her.” The film was released in the UK on February 22 and was released in the US on April 12.

In October 2012, Kurylenko appeared in Seven Psychopaths opposite Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits and Abbie Cornish. Also upcoming, Kurylenko will be seen in The Expatriate, opposite Aaron Eckhart, directed by Philip Stolzl.

2011 saw Kurylenko take the female lead in the emotional story of love, betrayal and personal sacrifice, set in the time of the Spanish Civil War, entitled There Be Dragons, from director Roland Joffe and Michale Boganim's Land of Oblivion about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Kurylenko took her first English-speaking role in the film adaptation of the graphic novel, Hitman. Directed by Xavier Gens and produced by Luc Besson, Kurylenko gave a powerful performance as Nika Boronina. In 2008, she starred alongside Mark Wahlberg in John Moore’s Max Payne and in the role of ‘Mina Harud’ in John Beck Hofmann’s Tyranny. In 2010, she was seen in the Warner Bros./Pathe production of Centurion, an action thriller set in ancient Rome by director Neil Marshall, alongside Dominic West and Michael Fassbender.

Her early career was established in France. She gave her debut performance as a leading actress, in the role of ‘Iris,’ in Diane Bertrand’s L’Annulaire (released in the UK and US as The Ring Finger). She followed this with a role starring alongside Elijah Wood in Paris Je T’Aime, an independent film in which a cooperative of acclaimed international directors told their stories of Paris. In 2006, Kurylenko played ‘Sofia’ in Eric Barbier’s acclaimed thriller, Le Serpent, co-starring with French luminaries Yvan Attal, Clovis Cornillac and Pierre Richard.

Whilst training as an actress, she had also achieved success in the worlds of fashion and beauty - working in Paris, Milan, New York and London. By the age of 18, she had graced the covers of magazines such as Vogue and Elle.

Kurylenko lives in London. She is fluent in French, English, Russian, and has also acted in German and Spanish.

Lily Diamond

played by Jessica Marais

Lily Diamond

played by Jessica Marais
Character Bio Actor Bio

LILY DIAMOND lives on the Butcher’s knife-blade. By betraying her lover Stevie, she satiates her husband Ben Diamond’s need to watch … but for how long? Will Lily’s secret employer, Chicago mob boss Sy Berman, protect her from the Butcher’s wrath? As The Butcher’s world gets more complicated, so does Lily’s delicate life and death dance. Her complex feelings for Stevie only raise the stakes. Lily is a survivor – using her beauty and brains and sex to control the dangerous men in her life but Ben Diamond is uncontrollable. Lily’s secret escape plan could be too little too late.

Jessica Marais graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Australia’s most prestigious acting school, in 2007.

Prior to graduation, she secured a role in her first feature film Two Fists One Heart and a leading role in Australia’s Network Seven TV series “Packed To The Rafters,” which has now become Australia’s highest rated family drama series. Her role as ‘Rachel Rafter’ on the hit show earned her two Logie Awards in 2009 for Most Outstanding New Talent and Most Popular New Female Talent as well as a further three nominations for Most Outstanding Actress and Most Popular Actress. In 2011, Jessica was also nominated for the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television.

Jessica has also appeared in the Australian feature Needle and as ‘Mistress Denna’ in the Disney series, “Legend of the Seeker.”

In early 2008, Jessica debuted with the Sydney Theatre Company in the critically acclaimed production of “A Season At Sarsaparilla."

Stevie Evans

played by Steven Strait

Stevie Evans

played by Steven Strait
Character Bio Actor Bio

STEVIE EVANS is at a crossroads. Ike’s older son wants to tame his wild ways, step up from the Atlantis Lounge and claim his rightful spot as next in line in the Miramar Playa dynasty. Ike’s reluctance to release the day-to-day hotel reins and Vera’s newly impressive business mind may dash Stevie’s dreams. Ike’s lack of faith in Stevie leaves Stevie vulnerable to Ben Diamond’s seduction – the snake in the garden senses opportunity, a new way to destroy Ike through his oldest son. Stevie also walks the life-and-death tightrope of his romance with Lily Diamond. The Butcher knows but when will he tire of this triangle… and who will pay the ultimate price?

Steven Strait plays ‘Stevie Evans’ in STARZ’s “Magic City,” a television series set in 1950s Miami, about the mobsters, politicians and entertainers who inhabit the city after Fidel Castro takes control of Cuba and shuts down the gambling in Havana.

On the big screen, Steven is most known for his lead role in Roland Emmerich’s 10,000 B.C. for Warner Bros. in which he played a young man from a primitive tribe that survives by hunting migrating mammoths. Recently he completed filming the independent films Sleeping with the Fishes and After. He previously starred opposite Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies and Emily Mortimer in the independent City Island, which won the Audience Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

Steven made his feature film debut in the Disney feature Sky High about a high school for superheroes in the sky. He played ‘Warren Peace,’ the high school rebel who can shoot fire from his hands. The film also starred Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston.

He was previously seen opposite Ashlee Simpson in the Lionsgate film Undiscovered where he played ‘Luke Falcon,’ an aspiring rock star. The film was about a group of aspiring entertainers trying to establish careers for themselves in the city of Los Angeles. He also starred in The Covenant for Sony/Screen Gems.

Strait worked on the New York stage for seven years and has studied acting at the famed Stella Adler Acting Studio and the Black Nexus Acting Studio, among others.

To finance tuition at his private high school, Strait worked as a model for such top photographers as Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Steven Klein, and Tony Duran while pursuing theater roles.

Born and raised in Greenwich Village, Strait was planning a move to Southern California to pursue film work, when he was cast in Sky High. While in Los Angeles with the sole objective of finding an apartment, Strait’s agent insisted he go on just one audition. Sky High was Strait’s first film role.

Strait currently lives in Los Angeles.

Danny Evans

played by Christian Cooke

Danny Evans

played by Christian Cooke
Character Bio Actor Bio

DANNY EVANS, the “good” son, sees the world, his father’s world, as black and white, good and evil. Torn between some undeniable truths about his beloved family and the moral certainty presented by State’s Attorney Jack Klein, law student Danny faces a brutal decision – does loyalty to family trump right and wrong? Is it more powerful than the law? Danny’s relationship with childhood friend and new lover Mercedes offers little comfort, as the new Cuban-American anti-Castro conspiracies threaten to pull them apart. Which is stronger – love or blood?

Born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Christian Cooke is a prolific English actor with a dense resume. Christian first took to acting at the age of 10, performing in various productions whilst at the Stage 84, School of Performing Arts. Throughout the next 10 years, he worked continuously in television drama before landing his first lead role in ITV's “Demons.” Earlier this year, Christian played the lead role in acclaimed director Peter Kosminsky's, BAFTA nominated drama, “The Promise.” In film, Christian starred in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's ’70s dramedy Cemetery Junction and for Bryn Higgins in the dark and twisted Unconditional. Additionally, Christian just wrapped as the lead in Paramount's feature Destination Wedding, produced by John Hamburg and slated for release in 2013.

Meg Bannock

played by Kelly Lynch

Meg Bannock

played by Kelly Lynch
Character Bio Actor Bio

MEG BANNOCK is no longer content to be just a ghostly reminder of her sister Molly, Ike’s deceased and beloved first wife. Meg is determined to make a place for herself in Ike’s world, and after providing financial aid to him in a moment of need, she’s bought a seat at his conference table. Meg now controls 15% of the Miramar Playa and has Ike’s ear to a degree that threatens his marriage. Meg’s beauty, sophistication, contacts and money make her an invaluable ally to Ike in his quest to bring down Ben Diamond… and a formidable opponent to Vera in the battle for Ike’s heart.

Kelly Lynch received early praise (and the first of two Independent Spirit Award nominations) as Dianne, Matt Dillon’s strung-out girlfriend in Gus Van Sant’s brilliant Drugstore Cowboy. Lynch’s range is dazzling—from the sleek villainess in the first Charlie’s Angels to Thora Birch’s doomed, schizophrenic mother in the Emmy®-nominated television movie “Homeless to Harvard,” to Mickey Rourke’s corrupt lover in Michael Cimino’s Desperate Hours. Perhaps her most remarkable transformation was as Ivan Aycock, the gender-bending, courtly drag king in the groundbreaking hit Showtime series “The L Word.”

Lynch has worked as a leading lady opposite many of the stars of our time including Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Harvey Keitel, Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise. She has often sought complicated roles in independent films such as Imaginary Crimes, Three of Hearts, The Slaughter Rule and John Maybury’s The Jacket.

Recent television credits include a recurring role on the hit CW show “90210,” as well as starring roles on "Memphis Beat" and "The Cleaner." Recent films include Gregg Araki’s Kaboom, the upcoming comedy The Good Funeral in which she stars, and Passion Play, which was written and directed by her husband Mitch Glazer.
Lynch has worked as a leading lady opposite many of the stars of our time including Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Harvey Keitel, Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise. She has often sought complicated roles in independent films such as Imaginary Crimes, Three of Hearts, The Slaughter Rule and John Maybury’s The Jacket.

Recent television credits include a recurring role on the hit CW show “90210,” as well as starring roles on "Memphis Beat" and "The Cleaner." Recent films include Gregg Araki’s Kaboom, the upcoming comedy The Good Funeral in which she stars, and Passion Play, which was written and directed by her husband Mitch Glazer.

Judi Silver

played by Elena Satine

Judi Silver

played by Elena Satine
Character Bio Actor Bio

JUDI SILVER is in the crosshairs – she knows too much, is a threat to too many scary men… too many people want Judi Silver dead. Judi’s street smarts can carry her only as far as her stubborn, maybe even suicidal attraction to Stevie and the Miramar Playa will allow. Judi’s connection to the Evans men may be her undoing… or it may be her salvation, as an unexpected relationship with Danny shows Judi the possibilities of the path not taken.

Elena Satine received a Diploma of Specialist in Acting Art from the legendary Moscow Art Theater School, founded by Konstantin Stanislavski. She was born in Tbilisi, Georgia (former USSR) into an artistic family and raised on the Black Sea coast of the "Russian Riviera." She began her professional career at the tender age of 6 by appearing on the highly rated TV/Variety show "Utrennaya Zvezda" ("Morning Star"). At age 9, already a winner of numerous international awards, Elena became the youngest performer to headline at the prestigious "Kinotavr" International Film Festival. In 1998, on a spontaneous trip to New York City, the young actress attended an open call for the Professional Performing Arts School and got accepted on the spot. After graduating with honors at age 16, Elena continued her dramatic studies at the Moscow Art Theater School in Russia, as well as doing several international fellowships at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England.

Following her studies in London, Elena went on to star in “Murder on the Orient Express” for ITV opposite Jessica Chastain, Tobey Jones, Barbara Hershey and Dame Eileen Atkins as well as opposite Adam Sandler in

Just Go With It.

Jack Klein

played by Matt Ross

Jack Klein

played by Matt Ross
Character Bio Actor Bio

JACK KLEIN is a man on a mission. As the State’s Attorney for Dade County, Klein has long had Ben Diamond in his sights, but with Ike now linked to The Butcher, Klein will apply pressure, legal and otherwise, wherever possible to get his man. Whether it’s getting tough with Ike or seducing Ike’s idealistic son Danny deeper into his office, Klein displays a righteous, nearly maniacal single-mindedness. And when his personal life and the law collide, Klein’s morality will be tested to the limit.

In film, Matt has worked with such directors as Martin Scorsese on The Aviator, George Clooney on Good Night, and Good Luck, Mike Newell on Pushing Tin, Terry Gilliam on Twelve Monkeys and John Woo on Face/Off. Other film credits include Mary Harron’s American Psycho, Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco and he starred as ‘Ed’ in John Walsh’s Ed’s Next Move.

On television in 2013, in addition to “Magic City,” he will be seen as ‘Johnny Cash’ in the television film “Ring of Fire,” directed by Allison Anders and starring Jewel as June Carter Cash.

Matt played the kind-hearted and deeply misunderstood polygamous Prophet of Juniper Creek, ‘Albert “Alby” Grant’ on HBO’s “Big Love.” He appeared in TNT’s “Buffalo Soldiers” and the Stephen King mini-series, “Rose Red,” for which he intentionally gained 45 pounds and still, to this day, thinks perhaps that wasn’t the best idea he has ever had. Matt guest starred on HBO’s “Six Feet Under” and “Oz,” among many other series. Last year, he played ‘Dr. Charles Montgomery’ on “American Horror Story” for FX.

Theater work includes Jez Butterworth’s “Mojo” at the Atlantic Theatre Company and James Lapine’s “Twelve Dreams” at Lincoln Center, both in New York City.

Matt wrote and directed the award-winning short film, The Language of Love, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and played worldwide.

His first feature film as a writer/director, 28 Hotel Rooms, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2012, played theatrically and presently is available on VOD and through iTunes.

Matt graduated from the Juilliard School and briefly attended NYU.

Victor Lazaro

played by Yul Vazquez

Victor Lazaro

played by Yul Vazquez
Character Bio Actor Bio

VICTOR LAZARO, still reeling from the death of his wife Maria, struggles to carry on in a world without her. His job as General Manager of the Miramar Playa serves as a welcome distraction to his grief, but it won’t take long for Victor to channel his emotions into action. As changes in Castro’s Cuba ripple to the shores of Miami Beach, Victor gets swept into a growing activist movement that will forever alter the course of his life.

Yul Vázquez can most recently be seen starring in FX’s “Louie” as ‘Pedro,’ CBS’ “The Good Wife” as ‘Christian’ and HBO’s “Treme” as ‘Detective Anthony Nikolich.’

Vázquez recently wrapped filming Runner, Runner (20th Century Fox) directed by Brad Furman, opposite Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton and Justin Timberlake, about an online gambler who becomes a protégé of an offshore gaming CEO.

Vázquez also recently completed shooting Blood Ties opposite Billy Crudup, and recently finished filming Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures) directed by Paul Greengrass. Vázquez will portray ‘Castellano’ opposite Tom Hanks and Catherine Keener.

Vázquez starred on Broadway in the Tony®-nominated “The Motherf**cker with the Hat” opposite Chris Rock, Bobby Cannavale, Annabella Sciorra and Elizabeth Rodriguez. He received nominations for a Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his portrayal of the eccentric ‘Cousin Julio.’

Vázquez has appeared in over 30 films, working with directors such as Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh and Steven Spielberg. Other film credits include The A-Team (Fox), Little Fockers (Universal), Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds (Dreamworks) and Ridley Scott’s American Gangster (Universal), alongside Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington (a 2008 SAG® nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture). He reunited with director Steven Soderbergh to star opposite Benicio Del Toro in Che (IFC). Soderbergh first cast him in Traffic, for which he and his fellow cast members won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

He has had numerous roles on some of television’s most popular shows. From his reoccurring character ‘Bob’ the “angry gay Puerto Rican,” on “Seinfeld,” to a love interest on HBO’s “Sex and the City,” to 'Rueben the Cuban' on HBO’s "The Sopranos." Other television credits include “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC) and “Fringe” (Fox).

Seamlessly moving between film, television and stage, Vázquez is co-artistic director and a founding member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company. Theater credits include “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” (The Public Theater), “The Stendhal Syndrome” (Primary Stages) and “The Floating Island Plays” (Mark Taper Forum) to name a few.

Mercedes Lazaro

played by Dominik Garcia-Lorido

Mercedes Lazaro

played by Dominik Garcia-Lorido
Character Bio Actor Bio

MERCEDES LAZARO mourns the loss of her mother Maria and the end of her innocence. Dealing with father Victor’s pain in addition to her own is difficult enough, but Mercedes must also confront the rollercoaster relationship with childhood love Danny Evans, the flirtations of handsome Cuban millionaire Antonio Rivas, and her yearnings as a young professional woman in 1959. Striving for a sense of identity, Mercedes is drawn to her Cuban roots and must navigate dangerous political waters as anti-Castro forces begin to arm and mobilize in Miami.

Dominik Garcia-Lorido will next be seen as the female lead in the film Heat opposite Jason Statham, written by William Goldman and directed by Simon West.

Garcia-Lorido is known for her roles in the independent films City Island (which won the Audience Award at Tribeca Film Festival and earned her won an Imagen Award for Best Actress), and Magic City Memoirs. The former Miss Golden Globes® attended UCLA’s prestigious School of Theatre, Film and Television and trained at the Lee Strasberg Studio and Sanford Meisner Institute. Daughter of Emmy® and Academy Award® nominee Andy Garcia, she was named one of “Hollywood’s Next Generation of Beauties” by People Magazine last year. Other film credits include Steal Big, Steal Little, Lost City and La Linea.

When not busy acting, Garcia-Lorido loves to participate in charities including traveling to Mexico every year for the annual Friends of El Faro charity, which helps clothe, feed and take care of over 100 niños at Casa Hogar Sion. She also likes to attend the Art of Elysium, which helps children battling serious medical conditions. Garcia-Lorido loves animals and has three dogs of her own, a poodle and two doxies. To stay fit, Garcia-Lorido loves to do pilates, yoga and bikram yoga. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

Lauren Evans

played by Taylor Blackwell

Lauren Evans

played by Taylor Blackwell
Character Bio Actor Bio

LAUREN EVANS is Ike and Molly’s only daughter, a 13-year-old princess who alternately loves and loathes her glamorous stepmother Vera. As Vera and Meg’s relationship grows more complicated, savvy Lauren doesn’t hesitate to exploit the situation for her own benefit. Her Aunt Meg’s increased presence in her life reminds Lauren of all she’s lost with the death of her mother, and of all there is to gain as a Bannock in Miami Beach.

Taylor Blackwell has been acting since she was five years old and has appeared in more than 40 commercials, 15 films, numerous theater productions and network TV programs, such as “Army Wives,” “Charlie's Angels” and “One Tree Hill.” She has also done hundreds of national print campaigns, catalogs and voice over work.

Born in West Palm Beach, she is an 8th grade theater major at a performing arts middle school and loves anything to do with acting, singing, dancing and performing. The oldest of four kids, in her spare time, Taylor loves to knit, sew, do arts and crafts, play the piano, swim and play with her two younger brothers (Owen and Charlie) and her baby sister (Drew). She also loves spending time with her two dogs, Magnolia & Oscar, and her pet guinea pig, Pee Wee.

Bel Jaffe

played by Michael Rispoli

Bel Jaffe

played by Michael Rispoli
Character Bio Actor Bio

BEL JAFFE, the wise guy bookie tucked into the back room of the Miramar Playa’s Sea Breeze Lingerie, is Ben Diamond’s trusted right-hand man. As Ben’s business world expands in Miami to make up for the lost casino revenue from Havana, Bel plays an important part, an increasingly bloody and violent part, in ensuring that The Butcher always wins. Never afraid to get his hands dirty, Bel at all times skillfully balances obeying orders with saving his own neck.

Michael Rispoli has amassed an impressive film and television career, by showing his range as an actor in dramas, comedies and thrillers. Most recently, he was seen starring opposite Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary. Other recent film credits include The Taking of Pelham 123, Kick Ass, Disney's Invincible, and Danny Devito's Death to Smoochy. Rispoli played the lead in Two Family House, which won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award in 2000. Next up are Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, the Sundance indie Union Square, Dito Montiel's Empire State and the indie Not for Human Consumption.

On the small screen, Rispoli is perhaps best known for his recurring role as ‘Jackie Aprile’ in the HBO series, "The Sopranos." He was also seen as ‘Jimmy Breslin’ in the ESPN miniseries, "The Bronx is Burning," in Dean Devlin's TNT series "Talk to Me," David Milch's CBS series "Big Apple," and numerous other television series including, "The Black Donnelly's," "Third Watch," "10‐8," "E.R.," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and “Law & Order: SVU.” He is also currently recurring on the CBS hit drama "Blue Bloods."

Rispoli began his career on stage performing in the Circle Rep/Steppenwolf revival of "Balm in Gilead," directed by John Malkovich. He is a co-founder of the Willow Cabin Theatre Company (WCTC). The WCTC staged a production of "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder - Three by Thornton" that moved to off-Broadway and then to Broadway, earning a Tony® nomination. In 2004, Michael starred and received glorious reviews in the off-Broadway production of the play "Magic Hands Freddy." Rispoli has appeared in New York and regional theater in productions of "Macbeth," "Tartuffe," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "O'Neill's Sea Plays," among many others.

Sy Berman

played by James Caan

Sy Berman

played by James Caan
Character Bio Actor Bio

SY BERMAN is the legendary head of the Chicago Mob and Ben Diamond’s boss. Sy is smart, ruthless and driven by the bottom line. He is in many ways a modern mogul – except when Sy is displeased, people don’t lose their jobs, they lose their lives. An older brother-figure to Ben, Sy saw the potential in the young hood, encouraged Ben’s criminal talents – creating the Butcher. Since the fall of Havana, Chicago hasn’t been seeing the big money from Ben, so transgressions by the Butcher that were previously ignored (Ben’s flamboyant high profile, sociopathic violence) are now under a new, less forgiving microscope. Sy is watching Ben – in some very surprising ways – and while he’ll do a great deal to protect his protégé, Sy has no problem making swift and brutal decisions when business is at stake. Money is honey.

One of the most versatile actors in motion pictures, James Caan is best known for his Academy Award® nominated performance as ‘Sonny Corleone’ in The Godfather and for his Emmy®-nominated portrayal of football star Brian Piccalo in “Brian’s Song.”

Appearing in more than 50 feature films over the course of his career, Caan also earned great recognition starring in Rob Reiner’s highly successful and critically acclaimed film Misery, a psychological thriller based on the novel by Stephen King and in For The Boys, a romantic drama co-starring Bette Midler. He was equally praised for his performance as a brain damaged football star in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People, garnering him the Best Actor Award from the San Sebastian Film Festival. He also received the Actor of the Year honor from the National Association of Theater Owners for his role in The Gambler.

While at Hofstra University studying law, he was interviewed by and accepted to Stanford Meisner’s Neighborhood Playhouse. He then won a scholarship to study with Wynn Handman and went on to get the first four jobs he auditioned for in the theater. Caan began his career on stage in the 1961 off-Broadway production of “La Ronde.” He followed with a powerful slate of guest appearances in virtually every major television series of the day.

In addition to the previously named titles, Caan’s other film credits include Cinderella Liberty, Funny Lady, A Bridge Too Far, Thief, T.R. Baskin, Slither, Silent Movie, Rollerball, The Killer Elite, Another Man, Another Chance, Comes A Horseman, Gardens Of Stone, Alien Nation, Flesh And Bone, The Program, Honeymoon In Vegas, Eraser and Mickey Blue Eyes.

He also starred in The Yards, The Way of the Gun, New Line Cinema’s mega-hit comedy Elf, Lars von Trier’s Dogville, and the NBC drama “Las Vegas.” He also directed as well as starred in the critically acclaimed film Hide In Plain Sight.

Butterball

played by Rick Ross

Butterball

played by Rick Ross
Character Bio Actor Bio

BUTTERBALL is the proprietor of an underground Cuban gambling house that runs a numbers game called bolita. There are numerous bolita parlors in Miami, but Butterball runs the biggest one in town. Not surprisingly, Ben Diamond is getting a cut from these illegal operations, but Butterball’s success and force of personality make him a business partner the Butcher must treat with all due respect.

William Leonard Roberts II, better known by his stage name Rick Ross, is an iconic figure in the rap community. His debut album “Port of Miami” (2006) reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart after the first week of release and the record went on to receive Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Ross’s follow up album “Trilla” featured artists including T-Pain, R. Kelly and Nelly. He founded the record label Maybach Music Group, on which he released his studio albums “Deeper Than Rap” (2009) “Teflon Don” (2010) and most recently “God Forgives, I Don't” (2012). Ross signed Washington, D.C. rapper Wale and Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill to Maybach Music Group in 2011. Ross also signed an endorsement deal with Sean Combs’ Ciroc Entertainment.

Ross was Grammy® nominated in 2013 for best rap album, “God Forgives, I Don’t,” Oscar® nominated for the Django Unchained sound track, and won the BET Hip-Hop Award for MVP of the Year in 2012. Ross was also named by MTV as the Hottest MC in the Game in 2012 and won the BET Hip-Hop Award for Track of the Year for “BMF” in 2010.

Mississippi-born Ross was raised in Carol City just outside Miami, Florida.

Carlos "El Tiburon" Ruiz

played by Esai Morales

Carlos "El Tiburon" Ruiz

played by Esai Morales
Character Bio Actor Bio

CARLOS “EL TIBURON” RUIZ is a Cuban military hero, a former rebel who fought beside Castro, saw Castro drifting to the communists and is now working to free Cuba from the man he once considered a brother. Beloved by the Cuban people, El Tiburon flees to Miami Beach to organize anti-Castro Floridians to overthrow “The Beard” and take back their nation. Imposing and inspiring, El Tiburon will cross paths with the mob, the CIA, Victor Lazaro and Ike Evans as he sets up shop at the Miramar Playa.

Award-winning actor Esai Morales continues to lend his outstanding talents to television, theater and film. Since his feature film debut in Bad Boys in 1983, Morales is consistently recognized for giving performances that strongly resonate in the hearts and minds of audiences.

After graduating from New York's High School for the Performing Arts, Esai made his stage debut in “El Hermano.” His other theater performances include “Salome” and “The Tempest” amongst others.

For three seasons, Morales played ‘Lieutenant Tony Rodriguez’ in the Emmy® award winning series “NYPD Blue.” He also starred in Showtime's “Resurrection Blvd.,” PBS' drama series “American Family,” FOX's “Vanished” and USA's “Burn Notice.” In 2002, Morales was awarded the Best Actor in a Television Series award at the prestigious Alma Awards and was honored with Entertainer of the Year at the 17th Annual Imagen Awards for his work on “NYPD Blue.” He also received an Imagen Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for his work in “American Family.” Esai appeared on Syfy's hit series “Caprica” as series regular ‘Joseph Adama.’ In 2011, Morales was cast as the lead of “17th Precinct.” In 2012, Esai appeared in episodes of “Fairly Legal” and “Law and Order: SVU.”

Morales starred in the award-winning indie film, American Fusion, followed by the James Cotton film, La Linea. He can also be seen in Kill Kill Faster Faster, Fast Food Nation, The Virgin Of Juarez and La Bamba. He received critical acclaim for his roles in the films Rapa Nui and Mi Familia. Esai’s most recent film credit is the lead in Gun Hill Road, a poignant project that made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was named recipient of the 2009 Princess Grace Foundation Award, the 2009 Spike Lee Fellowship and won Best Film and Best Actor for Esai at the 26th Annual Imagen Awards.

A self-described "activist," Morales is involved in charities and non-profit organizations like the National Hispanic Foundation, which he co-founded with actors Jimmy Smits and Sonia Braga that works to advance the presence and quality of Latinos in media, telecommunications and entertainment.

Antonio Rivas

played by Shalim Ortiz

Antonio Rivas

played by Shalim Ortiz
Character Bio Actor Bio

ANTONIO RIVAS is a dashing young millionaire whose family made its fortune in sugar cane. Like so many of the privileged, the Rivas family fled Cuba when Batista fell, but they brought their unimaginable wealth with them. Rivas and his family are Cuban royalty and are funding the idealistic speeches of El Tiburon, channeling their millions into the anti-Castro movement. They will bank the new revolution and return to their Havana mansions and sprawling Cuban properties. The oft-photographed playboy Antonio is a romantic figure to Cuban girls everywhere, and he quickly turns his considerable charm on Mercedes.

Puerto Rican actor Shalim Ortiz has just finalized his first two feature films in Mexico. He portrayed the lead character ‘Alejandro’ in the upcoming romantic fantasy Sangre De Familia. He also starred with renowned Mexican actor Raul Mendez in the suspense thriller Abril Y Mayo.

Ortiz has lived all of his life in the entertainment spotlight. He has starred in the hit TV Show “Heroes,” where he played the major recurring character ‘Alejandro Herrera.’ Other recent projects include guest starring roles on “Cold Case,” “CSI: Miami” and co-starring in the Hallmark Channel film “Expecting a Miracle.” Parallel with these recent projects, Ortiz joined the cast of “Maneater,” an original Lifetime Television miniseries. In addition, Shalim also participated in the cast of "Una Maid in Manhattan” playing the role of ‘Frank Varela.’

In Panama, he shot the feature film Art of Travel. His next film Spin, marked Shalim’s first lead role. Here, his music shines as he also wrote, produced and performed the hit title song “Rosario” on the film’s soundtrack. Shalim starred in his first foreign language film Yuniol, filmed in the Dominican Republic, which also garnered him his first nomination for Best Actor at the prestigious 2008 Casandra Awards.

As theater has always played a key role in Shalim’s life, he performed as the lead in Oliver Mayer’s much acclaimed cabaret musical entitled “Rocío In Spite Of It All.” The prestigious L.A. Times hailed Shalim’s performance saying: “silken-voiced Shalim steals several scenes as a dazzled fan who befriends these dueling divas.”

While expanding his music career, Shalim has also guest starred on hit shows such as “Lizzie McGuire,” “S-Club 7” and Disney’s “Cory in the House.” His success continues to fulfill his dream of combining his two great passions of music and acting.

Madame Renee

played by Sherilyn Fenn

Madame Renee

played by Sherilyn Fenn
Character Bio Actor Bio

MADAME RENEE is a beautiful former call girl seeking financial backing for her new, ultra-opulent gentlemen’s club. A long-time associate of Ben Diamond’s, Renee and Ben don’t speak often of their history, but the respect and past intimacies are obvious – Renee can hold her own against the Butcher. Still sexy and curvaceous, Madame Renee knows what men want and will pay for and how to make a mighty profit from that need.

Ms. Sherilyn Fenn has had the advantage of working with many great writers, directors and co-stars in her career with a number of films including The Wild Life, skater film Thrashin', and teen-fantasy movie The Wraith, and her first starring role in Zalman King's erotic drama film Two Moon Junction.

Sherilyn won her most outstanding role and made an indelible impression on the public when she was cast by David Lynch and Mark Frost as the tantalizing ‘Audrey Horne,’ the high school femme fatale from the critically acclaimed TV series “Twin Peaks.”

After two nominations (Emmy® and Golden Globe®) and covers for Rolling Stone and Playboy magazines, Sherilyn was propelled to stardom and became a major sex symbol. She was chosen as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World", was named one of the "10 Most Beautiful Women in the World" by Us magazine, and one of the "100 Sexiest Women in the World" by FHM magazine.

Sherilyn has had an eclectic career following her breakout “Twin Peaks” role, with many more opportunities for honest portrayals like Diary of a Hitman, John Mackenzie's fictionalized biopic Ruby, romantic comedy Three of Hearts, Carl Reiner's 1940s detective parody Fatal Instinct and Showtime's biblical “Slave of Dreams.” Another outstanding performance was in NBC's miniseries “Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story.”

She went on to star in independent films that have been well received on the festival circuit like Jon Harmon Feldman's Lovelife, romantic comedy Just Write and Adrian Pasdar's neo-noir directorial debut Cement, a contemporary retelling of "Othello."

Sherilyn's film and television credits have included Showtime's “Rude Awakening,” family comedy “Off Season,” Matthew Ryan Hoge's “The United States of Leland” and Showtime's “Cavedweller.”

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Season 2

A STARZ Original Series

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?”

Ike Evans risks everything in a life and death battle to rid his Miramar Playa Hotel of the mob and Ben “The Butcher” Diamond. Ike’s dangerous plan to defeat Ben takes Ike from Havana’s glamorous casinos to dealings with a new devil – Ben’s boss in the Chicago Outfit. Ike’s wife Vera gets a second chance at her former dancing glory, while sons Stevie and Danny drift farther from Ike – Stevie toward the power and rewards of Ben’s dark world, Danny into the moral righteousness of State’s Attorney Jack Klein. Changes in Castro’s Cuba ripple to the shores of Miami Beach, and a new world order begins to tear the Evans family apart. Even if Ike’s long-shot gamble to take back his hotel succeeds, will the price of victory be too high?

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