michael mando was released from Apple TV series castaway spring.
Sources say that You better call Saul alum, who was set to star in the eight-episode Ridley Scott series, was fired from the show following a clash with a co-star. The role of Mando has been recast, with Narcos alum Wagner Moura set to play the role. Moura will work with Apple again after previously starring in shiny girls for the streamer.
Sources said Mando, who played Nacho on all six seasons of AMC You better call Saul, was released after an incident on set. The producers attempted to smooth things over and the decision was made to let Mando leave the show and recast the role.
Apple representatives declined to comment.
Resuming in series in August, the series is based on the book by Dennis Tafoya drug thief and is written by Top Gun: Maverick scribe Peter Craig. Scott, whose Scott Free banner has a first-look deal with the streamer, will produce and direct.
castaway spring revolves around longtime Philadelphia friends and delinquents who pose as DEA agents to rob an unfamiliar country house, only for their little scam to become a life-or-death venture, as they unwittingly reveal and unravel the largest hidden narcotics corridor on the East Coast. Oscar nominee Brian Tyree Henry stars in the series.
Mando was set to play Manny Cespedes, a kind-hearted friend of Ray (Henry), whom he first met when they spent time together at youth authority. This role will now fall to Moura. Marin Ireland, Kate Mulgrew, Amir Arison, Ving Rhames, Dustin Nguyen, Nesta Cooper, Idris Debrand, Liz Caribel and Will Pullen round out the cast.
Craig, whose resume also includes The Batman And The city, will make his television debut and serve as writer and executive producer for all eight episodes and will direct one episode. Scott will execute the production alongside his Scott Free Productions banners fellow David W. Zucker, Jordan Sheehan and Clayton Krueger. Henry, who has the fourth and final season of Atlanta due in september, will also produce exec. Author Tafoya will be a consulting producer.
J. Clara Chan contributed to this report.