Sofia Vergara will portray drug queenpin Griselda Blanco in a brand-new Netflix limited series. The six-episode show will cover Blanco’s life, who operated the most profitable cartels of all time. Blanco’s charm and unapologetic demeanor ultimately coined her as “The Black Widow.”
Empire and Justified writer Ingrid Escajeda created the series. She’s also the showrunner, writer, and executive producer alongside Vergara, Eric Newman, Doug Miro, Andrés Baiz, and Carlo Bernard.
“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,” Vergara said. “We are thrilled to have found the perfect partners in Eric, Andrés, and Netflix to help us bring this story of her life to the screen.”
Newman added, “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 her tell that story. Sofia is a brilliant talent, and her passion combined with a fantastic story from Doug and Ingrid, and the amazing Andrés Baiz at the directing helm, means we have a very exciting series to share with audiences.”
Jennifer Lopez announced previously that she’d portray Blanco in the film The Godmother, a project she is rumored to also direct.