Following the success of the Narcos franchise, Netflix is diving head-first back into another biographical series about the drug empire run by Griselda Blanco. The new limited series has been filming since March 2022 and here’s the latest on everything we know about the upcoming one. Griselda series.
News of the show first emerged last November, with Illuminardi first reporting that a Narcos spin-off was in development with the same team. A few days later we also reported that the show was in development, and just a day after Netflix officially unveiled the title, but was keen to point out that “there is no association or crossover between broadcasts.
It took some time for Griselda to hit our screens. According to Netflix’s initial press release, it took Latin World Entertainment eight years to pick up the series.
So, with that out of the way, let’s review everything we know so far about Griselda soon on Netflix:
Who is behind Griselda on Netflix?
Ingrid Escajeda is the project’s showrunner, writer and executive producer. His previous credits include work on Empire as co-executive producer, Justified, Sneaky Peteand Better Ted.
Luis Balaguer, Doug Miro, Andrés Baiz, Carlo Bernard also executive producer.
Andrés Baiz, who directed episodes 7 and 8 of Netflix’s upcoming series The sand man, will direct the six episodes of Griselda. His other credits include directing episodes on Narcos and Narcos: Mexico plus 2013’s Roa and 2011 The dark side.
Grand Electric’s Eric Newman (who works with Netflix on a myriad of projects under his overall deal) is working on the series as a non-writer executive producer.
Speaking about 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 have chosen us to help tell this story. Sofia is a brilliant talent and her passion combined with a fantastic story from Doug and Ingrid, and the incredible Andrés Baiz directing, means we have a very exciting series to share with audiences.
Latin World Entertainment (founded by Luis Balaguer and Sofia Vergara) and Grand Electric are the two companies producing the show for Netflix.
What is Griselda talking about? Who is the drug queen Griselda?
Griselda Blanco ranks among the most notorious drug lords in history, her name often appearing in lists where she is compared to Pablo Escobar, Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, Al Capone and El Chapo.
This limited series is its upcoming story on the big screen, though its fidelity to real-world events is yet to be known.
Here is the official logline for the series:
GRISELDA tells the real life of a shrewd and ambitious Colombian businesswoman, Griselda Blanco, who created one of the most profitable cartels in history. A devoted mother, Blanco’s deadly mix of charm and unsuspecting savagery helped her navigate family and business expertly, leading to her becoming widely known as ‘Black Widow’. .
The Independent has prepared a great introduction to the series that spans the drug queen’s reign throughout the 70s, 80s and up to her eventual demise in 2012.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Griselda on our screens. Catherine Zeta-Jones played the character in the TV movie Godmother of Cocaine: The Story of Griselda Blanco back in 2018.
Who is in Netflix’s Griselda cast?
Sofia Vergara was the first name attached to the project which stars Griselda Blanco herself.
In January 2022, before the camera roll, 12 names were added to the cast, including:
- Alberto Guerra (Narcos: Mexico) as Dario
- vanessa ferlito like isabella
- Alberto Amman (Narcos) as Alberto Bravo
- Christian Tapan (The big heist) as Arturo
- Diego Trujillo (Metastasis) as German Panesso
- Paulina Davila (Luis Miguel) like Carmen
- Gabriel Sloyer (Narcos) like Diaz
- Juliana Aiden Martinez like june
- Martin Rodriguez (Detrás de la verdad) as Rivi
- José Zúñiga (History of American Crime: Versace) like Amilcar
- Maximiliano Hernandez (Americans) as Papo Mejia
- Julieth Restrepo as Marta Ochoa
Since this first drop of information, we also know other names attached to the project, in particular:
- Jose Velasquez (The Savages) as Uber Trujillo Blanco
- Martin Fajardo (From time to time) as Ozzy Trujillo Blanco
- Tony Graham (Vice) like Armando
- Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Supernatural) as Jon Roberts, a notorious drug dealer and government informant.
- 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 like Johnny
Billboard reports that Karl G.the Colombian singer, will make her acting debut in the Griselda series. She will play the role of Carla described as one of Griselda’s mules.
You can find an extended version of Griselda cast list here.
How many episodes will there be?
The limited series will consist of six 50-minute episodes.
Where is Griselda in production? Where is Griselda filmed?
According to multiple production listings, filming began on January 24, 2022 and is expected to wrap on June 30, 2022.
The show runs under the working title “Emerald”.
The series is filmed in two notable locations with part of the filming in Los Angeles, California, and the other parts filmed in Miami, Florida. We’re told the production began filming in Los Angeles the week of January 24.
We are told that locator scouts were seen in early November 2021 searching for locations in Long Beach, California.
The DailyMail notable snapped some photos from the set of Sofia Vergara in Los Angeles in early February 2022. The newspaper notes that “the 49-year-old actress donned a green jumpsuit with red highlights on the set of the production.”
JustJared also got exclusive photos of Sofia Vergara filming the upcoming series where she appears to be chasing one of her co-stars with a bat.
Many people have noticed that Netflix is taking over the old Club Ripples for filming in Long Beach. Some even hoped the restaurant was getting some kind of revival. Of course, it was only Netflix that temporarily turned the building into “El Floridita.”
LBIZE declares that:
“Shooting hasn’t stopped since February 22, when trailers, portable bathrooms, an array of classic cars given the 1970s and 1980s story timeline, and numerous electric generators took beach control right in front of the Floridita set.”
Fun to see the old Club Ripples getting a makeover. Netflix is in town to film the miniseries on #GriseldaBlanco with #Sofia Vergara. With the beachfront property here, I really wish a new bar was open for good here. Really great location. pic.twitter.com/gK4P45CP8r
—Jake Williams (@mr__twitchy) February 27, 2022
It should be noted that the production of the series was probably interrupted due to Vergara’s filming duties on America’s Got Talent in April 2022.
When will Griselda be released on Netflix?
No release date or window was provided. Based on its production schedule, a 2022 release date seems unlikely, so we assume a 2023 release is most likely.
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