Ana Ayora (The Big Wedding, Chop Shop) has booked a season-long arc on Season 4 of Cinemax’s Banshee. The drama series from Alan Ball centers on Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal pursuits while enforcing his own code of justice. Ayora will play Nina Cruz, a smart, tough, streetwise deputy for the Banshee Sheriff’s Department who really is an inside plant working for Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen). Skilled with lethal fighting techniques and a killer instinct, she is a perfect blunt instrument for carrying out Proctor’s more nefarious and violent errands. Repped by Innovative Artists and Main Title Entertainment, Ayora next will be seen in Ride Along 2.
Mustafa Shakir (The Grounds) has been cast as a regular in the upcoming Cinemax series Quarry. It tells the story of Mac Conway (Logan Marshall-Green), a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. As he struggles to cope with his experiences at war, Conway is drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River. Shakir will play Moses — intellectual, masculine and mysterious, he shifts from friend to foe at the flip of a coin. His only true loyalties are to himself, which makes him dangerous. Shakir just finished filming a five-episode arc in the HBO miniseries Criminal Justice. He is repped by TCA/Jed Root and Robyn Bluestone Management.