‘Party of Five’ Reboot Casts 4 of Its Siblings

Brandon Larracuente, Emily Tosta, Niko Guardado and newcomer Elle Paris Legaspi join Freeform’s immigration spin on ’90s drama

Party of Five

Freeform’s “Party of Five” reboot has found four of its leads.

Set to star in the drama, which is currently in the pilot stage at the network, are Brandon Larracuente (“13 Reasons Why”), Emily Tosta (“Mayans M.C.”), Niko Guardado (“The Goldbergs”) and newcomer Elle Paris Legaspi.

The four actors will play the Buendias siblings, who must navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents are suddenly deported back to Mexico.

Larracuente will play Emilio, an aspiring musician and the oldest son of Gloria and Javier Buendia. Emilio is the reason his parents crossed the Mexican border into the U.S. nearly 25 years ago in hopes of a better life. Although the oldest, he’s the least responsible of the siblings, and had been enjoying living away from home and the freedom that came with it until his parents’ status was threatened.

Party Of Five Brandon Larracuente, Emily Tosta, Niko Guardado, Elle Paris Legaspi
From left: Brandon Larracuente, Emily Tosta, Niko Guardado, Elle Paris Legaspi (Photo credit: Getty Images / Courtesy of Freeform)

Tosta will play Lucia, a straight-A student with lofty college ambitions until her parents run into trouble with immigration. Their circumstances force her to re-evaluate her disposition to play by the rules. She quickly becomes resistant to authority, politically radicalized and rebellious to her presumed duties as the oldest sister.

Guardado will play Beto, the second oldest brother of the family who steps up in the midst of turmoil. While struggling with sports, girls and school, he soon discovers that being the head of his family comes easily to him and gives him the self-respect and sense of purpose he has never had before.

Legaspi will play Valentina, the precocious and resourceful youngest sister. Forced to face adolescence without her mother, she’s desperately afraid of what the future holds, and her vulnerability will require her older siblings to step up and offer the structure and support that they may not be wholly equipped to provide.

The reboot of the ’90s Fox drama is written and executive produced by original series creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman. Rodrigo Garcia will direct the pilot and serve as executive producer. Michael Zebede will also co-executive produce the project, which hails from Sony Pictures Television.