“Narcos: Mexico” will launch as a new Netflix original series later this year, the streaming service announced this week.
Shifting away from Colombia, where Narcos spent three seasons, “Narcos: Mexico” will explore the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, beginning at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganised confederation of independent growers and dealers.
Witness the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s as Felix Gallardo takes the helm, unifying traffickers in order to build an empire. When DEA agent Kiki Camarena moves his wife and young son from California to Guadalajara to take on a new post, he quickly learns that his assignment will be more challenging than he ever could have imagined. As Camarena garners intelligence on Gallardo and becomes more entangled in his mission, a tragic chain of events unfold, affecting the drug trade and the war against it for years to come.
Michael Pena will play Kiki Camarena, a family man and an undercover DEA agent who garners valuable intel through a series of informants around Gallardo and his newly minted Guadalajara cartel, but quickly finds himself in way over his head as he realises he had completely underestimated the sophistication of Gallardo's system.
Diego Luna will play Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo (“Felix”), the leader of the Guadalajara cartel, the biggest narco in the history of Mexico and the founder of the modern Mexican drug trade. Quiet but bold, inscrutable but sharp-minded, to all appearances he is a benevolent leader, loyal to his friends, associates, and employees...but his ambition comes before all else.
Additional casting for the series includes Aaron Staton (“Mad Men”) as Butch Sears and Alejandro Edda (“Fear the Walking Dead”) as Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman.
“Narcos: Mexico” will premiere globally on Netflix later this year.