A number of original series from Netflix have made their debut over the past few months, including Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bloodline, and Sense8. Their next new series, however, is poised to go in a different direction, in keeping with the streaming service’s trend to date, and will examine the Mexican drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel.
Titled Narcos, the show is not the first fictional portrayal of the famous criminal, as the character has previously appeared in everything from 2001’s Blow to 2015’s Escobar: Paradise Lost. Elysium‘s Wagner Moura steps into the character’s shoes this time around, with Game of Thrones‘ Pedro Pascal and Gone Girl‘s Boyd Holbrook among the supporting cast. The series synopsis is as follows.
The Medellin cartel – the most violent, ruthless and wealthy criminal organization in the history of modern crime. And the one man who lorded over them all… Pablo Escobar. NARCOS is the true story of the U.S. and Colombian efforts to battle the Medellin cartel during the cocaine-fueled drug wars of the 1980’s. Multi-layered and multi-faceted, NARCOS depicts a brutal world where lines are blurred and little is black and white.
The series, whose first season will run for ten episodes, will be directed in its entirety by Robocop director José Padilha, and all episodes will be written by Hannibal scribe Chris Brancato. The first season will make its debut in its entirety on August 28th, and ahead of the series premiere, Netflix has now released a trailer for the show. The trailer can be seen below.