'Griselda': 5 things to know about Netflix's take on Cocaine Godmother Griselda Blanco
Netflix has shown interest in retelling the terrifying, real-life story of Colombian drug lord, Griselda Blanco, in the upcoming limited series, 'Griselda'. 'Modern Family' star Sofia Vergara is taking on the role of executive producer for the same, aside from taking on the role as the lead protagonist, Griselda herself. It is quite an ambitious role as Catherine Zeta-Jones previously played Blanco in Lifetime's 'Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story', and Jennifer Lopez has been attached to a biopic for HBO.
The Netflix thriller series is inspired by events from Blanco's true story and how she started drug trafficking from Colombia, all the way to her base in Miami. During her time, Blanco managed to create probably the most profitable drug cartels and is also famous for being the first-ever female criminal billionaire.
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When does 'Griselda' release and where can you watch it
'Griselda' is scheduled to release during late 2022 or 2023, but is sure to be available to stream in 2023.
What is 'Griselda' all about
The official synopsis reads: "The life of Griselda Blanco, a devoted mother who created one of the most profitable cartels in history".
Who stars in the miniseries?
Sofia Vergara as Griselda Blanco
Sofia Vergara is a popular Colombian-American actress, TV producer, and model by profession. During the years 2013 to 2020, Vergara was the highest-paid actress in American television! She rose to fame while co-hosting TV shows for the Spanish TV network, during the late 1990s. Some of Vergara's notable and prominent works are her roles in the film, 'Chasing Papi', which was her first acting job in English. This was followed by 'Four Brothers', 'Meet the Browns', and 'Madea Goes to Jail' (for which she received an ALMA Award nomination.
As of 2009, she played the iconic Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in the hit comedy series, 'Modern Family'. Her role in the series had her get nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and eleven Screen Actors Guild Awards!
What's more, Vergara has had roles in 'The Smurfs', 'New Year's Eve', 'The Three Stooges', 'Machete Kills', 'Fading Gigolo', 'Chef', and 'Hot Pursuit'. Vergara also did voice-overs for the animated films, 'Happy Feet Two', 'Escape from Planet Earth', and 'The Emoji Movie'.
Netflix also announced 10 new additions to the cast: Alberto Guerra (Narcos: Mexico) as Dario, Vanessa Ferlito (NCIS: New Orleans) 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 (Blacklist) as June, Martin Rodriguez (Detrás de la verdad) as Rivi, and José Zúñiga (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) as Amilcar.
The series is written by Ingrid Escajeda and Doug Miro and directed by Andrés Baiz. Baiz directs all six episodes, while Escajeda and Miro serve as co-showrunners. Miro, Baiz, Eric Newman, and Carlo Bernard — who all worked on 'Narcos'— also EP.
We're yet to see a trailer for the series but stay tuned for more updates.