On Wednesday, the streaming platform tweeted a photo from the show of Sofia Vergara, 49, smoking a cigarette and staring directly into the camera.
“Despite being known for her ruthless and violent ways of doing business, Griselda Blanco was one of the world’s wealthiest drug traffickers who enjoyed a lavish and glamorous lifestyle,” the project’s description reads.
Consisting of six 50-minute episodes, the series will chronicle how Blanco’s “lethal blend of charm and unsuspected savagery” helped her build one of the most profitable cartels in history and ultimately earned her the nickname “The Godmother.”
Griselda Blanco became pop culture fodder when her exploits were highlighted in the 2006 documentary “Cocaine Cowboys” and its sequel two years later.
The streamer also revealed 12 newly added cast members including Alberto Guerra, Vanessa Ferlito, Alberto Ammann, Christian Tappan, Diego Trujillo, Paulina Davila, Gabriel Sloyer, Juliana Aidén Martinez, Martin Rodriguez, José Zúñiga signing on.
The real Blanco is said to have been responsible for over 200 murders and was thought to be one of the most dangerous women in the world.
After serving nearly two decades in prison on murder and racketeering charges, Griselda Blanco was killed by a motorcyclist in Medellin who shot her twice, passing away at 69 years of age and leaving four children behind.
Sofia Vergara has been developing the Netflix project for the past eight years with executive producer Luis Balaguer at Latin World Entertainment before it was brought to Netflix. “Griselda Blanco was a larger-than-life character whose ruthless but ingenious tactics allowed her to rule a billion-dollar empire years before many of the most notorious male kingpins we know so much about,” Sofia Vergara said in a statement when the project was announced last fall.
EP Andrés Baiz directs all six episodes, while Ingrid Escajeda and Doug Miro serve as co-showrunners. Vergara will also executive-produce the drama alongside Eric Newman and Andrés Baiz.
Sofia Vergara is not the first actress to play the role in the Netflix miniseries. Catherine Zeta-Jones played Blanco in the Lifetime biopic “Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story” in 2018. Jennifer Lopez has also been attached to a biopic for HBO.