Freeform's 'Party of Five' Reboot Has Cast its Leads
Meet the Buendia family.
Freeform has officially cast four of the leads on its upcoming immigration-themed reboot of '90s drama "Party of Five," as well as revealed lots of information about the new characters. Brandon Larracuente (“13 Reasons Why”), Emily Tosta (“Mayans M.C.”), Niko Guardado (“The Goldbergs”), and newcomer Elle Paris Legaspi will play the Buendia siblings, who must navigate life alone in the U.S. after their parents are deported back to Mexico.
Here's a character breakdown for each sibling, per TheWrap:
- Larracuente will play Emilio, an aspiring musician and the oldest son of Gloria and Javier Buendia. Emilio is the reason his parents crossed the Mexican border into the U.S. nearly 25 years ago in hopes of a better life. Although the oldest, he’s the least responsible of the siblings, and had been enjoying living away from home and the freedom that came with it until his parents’ status was threatened.
- Tosta will play Lucia, 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.
- Guardado will play Beto, 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.
- Legaspi will play Valentina, 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.
We're assuming a baby Buendia brother or sister will also be in the mix, too.
The original "Party of Five" ran on Fox for six seasons, from 1994 to 2000, and made stars out of its young cast, which included Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert as the Salinger kids, and also featured Jennifer Love Hewitt.
This project is still in the pilot stage. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.