After the success of the biggest crime drama Narcos: Mexico about the drug dealers, Netflix has another biopic about a Colombian drug lord named Griselda Blanco. She is widely known as the “Black Widow”. Eric Newman and Vergara will serve as executive producers and showrunners on the show.
After the release of Narcos: Mexico Season 3, Netflix confirmed that there will be no Narcos: Mexico Season 4. Co-creator Carlo Bernard explained why the show ended. However, behind the new series we will find the same creative team from Narcos.
After working on Narcos: Mexico, Netflix decided to explore the story with another cartel queen, Griselda Blanco. This time around, Netflix is coming up with a different treatment, decking out “Griselda” with an entire six-part series based on her life.
Griselda is a limited series inspired by the accomplished and ambitious Colombian businesswoman Griselda Blanco, who created one of the most profitable cartels in history.
Growing up in poverty in Colombia, Griselda Blanco commits her first murder after being forced into prostitution as a child. Eventually, she moves to the United States with her first husband and their three sons. She makes money creating fake passports for cocaine smugglers and goes into the smuggling business herself.
Filming for Griselda began on January 24, 2022 and is scheduled to wrap up on June 30, 2022. The Netflix Griselda release date has yet to be announced. Still, we could expect the miniseries in 2023.
Sofia Vergara will star in the Netflix miniseries as Griselda, Blanco, the cocaine godmother. The streamer released a first look photo of Sofia Vergara as real life drug queen Pin Griselda Blanco from the upcoming limited series Griselda. The streamer also revealed 12 newly added cast members, including Vanessa Ferlito (NCIS: New Orleans, 24) and Juliana Aidén Martinez (Prodigal Son, The Blacklist).
Sofia Vergara said, “Griselda Blanco was a larger-than-life figure whose ruthless but ingenious tactics allowed her to rule a billion-dollar empire years before many of the most notorious male kingpins we know so much about.”
She added, “We are thrilled to have found the perfect partners in Eric, Andrés and Netflix to help us bring this story of their lives to the big screen.”
Of the project, Newman said:
“Griselda Blanco has long been a passion project for Sofia and we are grateful that she and her partners at LatinWe chose us to help her tell this story. Sofia is a brilliant talent and her passion combined with a fantastic story from Doug and Ingrid, and the amazing Andrés Baiz to direct, means we have a very exciting series to share with audiences.”
12 names were added to the Griselda cast list including Alberto Guerra (Narcos: Mexico) as Dario, Vanessa Ferlito as Isabel, Alberto Ammann (Narcos) as Alberto Bravo, Christian Tappan (The Great Heist) as Arturo, Diego Trujillo (Metastasis) as German Panesso, Paulina Davila (Luis Miguel) as Carmen, Gabriel Sloyer (Narcos) as Diaz, Juliana Aidén Martinez as June, Martin Rodriguez (Detrás de la verdad) as Rivi, José Zúñiga (American Crime Story: Versace) as Amilcar, Maximiliano Hernández (The Americans) as Papo Mejia and Julieth Restrepo as Marta Ochoa.
Recently, What’s on Netflix revealed additional cast names including Jose Velazquez (The Wilds) as Uber Trujillo Blanco, Martín Fajardo (Now and Then) as Ozzy Trujillo Blanco, Tony Graham (Vice) as Armando, Alejandro Barrios (Queen of the South ) as Horatio, Evan Shafran as Congressman Robin Wilson, Goya Robles as Ricardo Morales Navarrete aka Monkey Morales, Wilmer Calderon as Johnny and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Supernatural) as Jon Roberts, a well-known drug dealer and government informant.
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