Most TV fans probably are aware that "Bloodline" opened with Danny Rayburn’s death, and as sad as we were to have that tease confirmed in the finale, it wasn’t the end of Ben Mendelsohn’s story. Not only will the actor return (via flashback) in the new season, but the arrival of his son is sure to elicit complex emotions from the Rayburn family members responsible for his father’s death.
Indiewire has below the first look photos of three new cast members, including Danny’s son Nolan Rayburn, played by Owen Teague, and John Leguizamo’s "wild card" newcomer, Ozzy Delveccio. Here are the official descriptions provided by Netflix:
• Ozzy Delveccio (John Leguizamo) – A charming, violent, opportunistic wild card from Danny Rayburn’s past. In the wake of Danny’s murder, Ozzy arrives in the Florida Keys with mysterious motives and threatens to wreak havoc in the lives of the Rayburns
In an interview with Indiewire, Leguizamo described Ozzy Delveccio as a "name ridden with so much possibility."
"They said to me, ‘We’re looking for somebody who can live up to this,’" Leguizamo said about landing the role. "And I was like, ‘Yo bro, you came to the right guy.’"
"To me, Ozzy was this really smart guy who was too smart, but didn’t have the opportunities in life. He saw everyone else moving up, and he didn’t. It made him a little twisted, a little Machiavellian and opportunistic. He’s an incredible charmer. He’s good at everything but not great at anything, you know? Everybody [else] is getting what he deserves."
Leguizamo also discussed how he collaborated with the series creators — Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler — to determine exactly who this guy was.
"They don’t write like anybody else in the business," Leguizamo said. "It’s interesting. They have an idea of a character. We talk, so I get to give my input about the character I’d like to create, and they merge those two [ideas]. They write to your strengths and then they write to what they see in the last episode. They’re constantly customizing the part to what’s happening between the actor, the role, and the episode. I’ve never seen it. I get my scripts sometimes minutes before I’m about to shoot because they want it to be so organic."
"Bloodline" Season 2 premieres May 27, just in time to qualify for another Emmys run. Check out the photos above, and read up on the show’s awards odds here.