Do you like drug kingpin movies? Stupid question, of course you do. You love the vindictive violence of Tony Montana in Scarface, you relish the insight into the drug underworld that New Jack City gave you and you are compelled by the storytelling of the rise and fall of George Jung in Blow. Now what if I told you there’s a new television show that has aspects from your favorite drug lord movies and it wasn’t on some lame channel where it got censored to the point of it not being realistic AND you could binge-watch the shit out of it? You’d be sold right? You’re goddamn right.
The upcoming Netflix crime drama Narcos takes you into the lives of several infamous drug kingpins in the late 1980s as they battle, bribe and baffle law enforcement. One of the characters is the “King of Cocaine,” Pablo Escobar. The ruthless leader of the Medellín cartel is played by Wagner Moura (Elysium).
“I am Pablo Emillio Escobar Gaviria. I make deals for a living. You decide. Silver… Or lead?”
BONUS: Pedro Pascal AKA Oberyn Martel from Game of Thrones returns to your TV as Javier Peña, a DEA special agent who helped bring Escobar.
Narcos chronicles the gripping real-life stories of the drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the corroborative efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It details the conflicting forces – legal, political, police, military and civilian – that clash in an effort to control the world’s most powerful commodity: cocaine.
The series re-partners creator and executive producer José Padilha (Elite Squad, RoboCop) with acclaimed Brazilian actor Wagner Moura (Elite Squad, Elysium) as a captivating Pablo Escobar alongside Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) as real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña. The series also features powerful performances by Colombia’s Juan Pablo Raba (El corazón del océano), British theater star Joanna Christie (Once), Mexican sensation Stephanie Sigman (also seen later this year in the next Bond installment, Spectre), Colombian actor Manolo Cardona (Covert Affairs), Brazil’s renowned André Mattos (Elite Squad), beloved Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzman (Boogie Nights) and the stunning Ana de la Reguera (Eastbound & Down, Nacho Libre) from Mexico.
Eric Newman (Children of Men), the team of Doug Miro and Carlos Bernard (Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and Chris Brancato (Hannibal) also serve as executive producers on the series. Narcos is produced by Gaumont Television for Netflix.
The teaser trailer featured blood splattered onto a pile of cocaine, promised that this is going to be a very violent and cutthroat show. Narcos premieres Friday, August 28 on Netflix and you can be sure as shit that I’ll be binge-watching the fuck out of it.