November 30, 2023

Sofia Vergara is about to make everybody do a double-take together with her subsequent TV position within the upcoming drug cartel drama Griselda, by which the bubbly Fashionable Household and America’s Bought Expertise star appears to be like utterly unrecognizable as real-life cocaine queenpin Griselda Blanco. This Netflix collection comes from the creators of Narcos, one other violent cartel drama that I’ve beforehand ranked as one of many streamer’s greatest franchises of all time — although all concerned have taken pains to level out that Griselda (which Netflix stated this week is “coming quickly”) will not be instantly linked to Narcos, which tracked the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, or to its spinoff collection Narcos: Mexico.

“That is Sofía Vergara such as you’ve by no means seen her earlier than,” Netflix teases in regards to the new collection, by which Vergara’s “La Jefa” rises from obscurity in Colombia by way of a lethal mix of appeal and ruthlessness all the best way to the highest of one of the vital worthwhile cartels in historical past. The Narcos crew that’s reunited for this collection consists of Griselda creator Eric Newman (the chief producer of present Netflix hit Painkiller, one other drug-adjacent collection) together with Andrés Baiz, who directs each episode of Griselda. Vergara herself can be an govt producer for the brand new Netflix collection.

“Griselda Blanco was a larger-than-life character whose ruthless however ingenious ways allowed her to rule a billion-dollar empire years earlier than lots of the most infamous male kingpins we all know a lot about,” Vergara stated in an announcement about Griselda.

Andrés Baiz and Sofía Vergara attend the particular superior screening reception mingle for the Netflix collection “Griselda” at San Vicente Bungalows on June 20, 2023, in West Hollywood, California. Picture supply: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Photos for Netflix

Throughout her bloody reign, Blanco was concerned within the drug land wars in Miami in the course of the Nineteen Seventies and 80s, often called the Cocaine Cowboy interval, when cocaine trafficking surpassed that of marijuana. Her distribution community, at one level, reportedly was bringing in $80 million per 30 days.

Griselda can be a part of Newman’s general take care of Netflix, which encompasses each movies and TV. Concerning the latter, his Netflix credit additionally embrace Kevin Hart’s True Story and Ryan Murphy’s The Watcher, in addition to the Chris Hemsworth Netflix movie Spiderhead and Zack Snyder’s Insurgent Moon.