Mexican-American actor Edward James Olmos will return behind the camera for the environmental dark comedy The Devil Has a Name according to Variety.
Based on a true story, the feature follows an “unhinged oil baron,” set to be played by Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn, who butts heads with a farmer after accusations of poisoned water crop up. Olmos will pull double-duty with The Devil Has a Name as he’s set to play a character named Santiago, a “Mexican immigrant and confidant.” It’s unclear whether he’ll be working with the farmer or Strathairn’s oil character.
It’s been nearly ten years since Olmos directed anything for film or television. He made his directorial debut in 1985 with an episode of the popular series Miami Vice. He made his feature-film directorial debut in 1992 with American Me where he plays a Mafia don released from prison and forced to confront his life. Since then, Olmos directed the 2006 TV movie Walkout about the East Los Angeles protests involving student activists. That film garnered him a nomination for Best Director from the Director’s Guild of America. He also helmed four episodes of the long-running sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica.
This is one of at least nine credits Olmos has set for this year into next. Audiences will see him on-screen later this year in the long-gestating Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans MC as well as Shane Black’s The Predator. Though the initial Variety article lacks a release for it, IMDb lists The Devil Has a Name with an unspecified date sometime in 2019.