Jimmy Smits Signs on for Sons of Anarchy Season 5 Arc

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In case it was possible to get any more excited for season five of Sons of Anarchy...

FX has announced that Jimmy Smits has signed on for a major arc on upcoming season of this Kurt Sutter drama, as the former NYPD Blue star will come on board as Neron “Nero” Padilla, a Latino gangster who becomes somewhat of a mentor for Jax.

Jimmy Smits, outlaw

In addition to Smits, look for Sons of Anarchy to add at least one more major season five player.

Sutter Tweeted this week that Forest Whitaker - with whom he worked on The Shield - is in among the contenders to portray Damon Pope, the father of a young woman Tig mowed down on the season four finale.

Meanwhile, Sutter has released a new, extended version "WTF Sutter," in this case speaking in depth on Smits' role and Sons of Anarchy season 5 in general. Watch now!

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