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Esai Morales to play Latino president on new HBO show

History was made when Barack Obama became the first African American president of the United States. Esai Morales is set to make waves himself as he becomes the nation’s Latino president – on TV, that is.

According to Deadline, Morales is set to star as U.S. President Julian Navarro in a new HBO pilot titled “The Brink.”

Morales, who currently a recurring role on the CBS show “Criminal Minds” as Section Chief Mateo Cruz, will be joined on the show by Tim Robbins (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander, Pablo Schreiber (“Orange is the New Black”) as a Navy fighter pilot and Jack Black as Foreign Service Alex Coppins.

The HBO show – which has yet to be signed for a full season – is a “dark comedy” that will center on the drama caused by geopolitical crisis and “its effects” on the show’s main characters, reports Deadline.

“It’s been a good week,” wrote Morales in a Facebook post Friday. “I start the 200th ep of Criminal Minds tomorrow and a little something to start the new year w a bang.”

Morales, 51, is a Puerto Rican actor and Brooklyn, New York native who notably starred in cult classics like 1987’s “La Bamba” and 1983’s “Bad Boys.”

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