5 April 2012 2:46 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Sons of Anarchy is revving up the drama with a little help from Jimmy Smits.

The erstwhile Dexter Big Bad has booked a major season-long arc in the upcoming upcoming fifth season of the FX hit, playing Neron “Nero” Padilla, a Latino gangster who becomes an unlikely (and dangerous) mentor for the Sons’ new king, Jax.

Our sister site Deadline first reported the casting.

Sons of Anarchy Boss on Season 5 Game Plan, and the Arrival of ‘King’ Jax and ‘Queen’ Tara

In addition to Dexter, Smits’ most recent TV credits include starring roles on two short-lived series, NBC’s Outlaw and CBS’ Cane. »

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