After the success of the Narcos franchise, Netflix is head over heels for a new biographical series about the drug empire led by Griselda Blanco. The new limited series has been filming since March 2022 and here’s the latest on everything we know about the coming Griselda series.
News from the show was first created last November with Illuminanerdi reporting for the first time that a Narcos spin-off was in development with the same team. Days later, we also reported that the show was in development, and just a day after that, Netflix officially revealed the title, but was happy to emphasize that “there is no association or crossover between the shows.”
It took a long time for Griselda to appear on our screens. According to Netflix’s first PR release, Latin World Entertainment took eight years to pick up the series.
So with that out of the way, let’s run through everything we know so far Griselda coming soon to Netflix:
Who is behind Griselda on Netflix?
Ingrid Escajeda is the showrunner, writer and executive producer of the project. Her previous credits include working on rich as co-executive producer, justified† sneaky Pietand Better off Ted†
Luis Balaguer, Doug Miro, Andrés Baiz, Carlo Bernard also Executive Produce.
Andrés Baiz, who directed episodes 7 and 8 of the upcoming Netflix series the sandman, will direct all six episodes of Griselda. His other credits include directing episodes on both Narcos and Narcos: Mexico Plus 2013’s roa and 2011’s The hidden face†
Grand Electric’s Eric Newman (who is working with Netflix on a variety of projects under its overall deal) is working on the show as a non-writing executive producer role.
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 chose 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 wonderful Andrés Baiz at the helm, means we have a very exciting series to share with the public.”
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 about? Who is the drug queen Griselda?
Griselda Blanco belongs to the most notorious drug lords in history with her name frequently appearing in lists where she is compared to Pablo Escobar, Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, Al Capone and El Chapo.
This limited series is her story coming to the big screen, although it’s not yet known how true it will be to real events.
Here’s the official logline for the series:
GRISELDA tells the real life of the smart and ambitious Colombian businesswoman, Griselda Blanco, who created one of the most profitable cartels in history. Blanco’s deadly mix of charm and unsuspecting ferocity, a devoted mother, helped her skillfully navigate between family and business, making her widely known as the “Black Widow”.
The Independent has a excellent primer for the series during the drug queen’s reign throughout the 1970s, 80s and until her eventual demise in 2012.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen Griselda appear on our screens. Catherine Zeta-Jones played the character in the TV movie Cocaine meter: the story of Griselda Blanco back in 2018.
Who’s in Netflix’s Griselda Cast?
Sofia Vergara was the first name associated with the project, which itself plays the leading role of Griselda Blanco.
In January 2022, before the cameras roll, 12 names were added to the cast including:
- Alberto Guerra †Narcos: Mexico) as Dario
- Vanessa Ferlito as Isabel
- Alberto Ammann †Narcos) as Alberto Bravo
- Christian Tappan †The great robbery) as Arturo
- Diego Trujillo †metastasis) as German Paneso
- Paulina Davila †Luis Miguel) as Carmen
- Gabriel Sloyer †Narcos) as Diazo
- Juliana Aiden Martinez as June
- Martin Rodriguez (Detrás de la verdad) as Rivic
- Jose Zuniga †American Crime Story: Versace) as Amilcar
- Maximiliano Hernandez †The Americans) as Papo Mejia
- Julieth Restrepo as Marta Ochoa
Since that first drop of information, we’ve also known more names associated with the project, including:
- Jose Velazquez †the wilderness) as Uber Trujillo Blanco
- Martin Fajardo †Occasionally) as Ozzy Trujillo Blanco
- Tony Graham †vice) as Armando
- Jeffrey Vincent Parise †supernatural) as Jon Roberts, a well-known drug trafficker 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 as Johnny
Billboard Reports That Karol Gothe Colombian singer, makes her acting debut in the Griselda series. She will play the part of Carla who is described as one of Griselda’s mules.
You will find an extended version of the 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 was Griselda filmed?
According to multiple production listings, filming began on January 24, 2022 and is slated to finish on June 30, 2022.
The show will be recorded under the working title ‘Emerald’.
The series is filmed in two notable locations, one part in Los Angeles, California, and the other parts in Miami, Florida. We’re told the production first started filming in Los Angeles on the week of January 24.
We were told that in early November 2021, location scouts were spotted looking for locations in Long Beach, CA.
The Daily mail Remarkably, in early February 2022, took some photos of Sofia Vergara filming in LA. The newspaper notes: “the 49-year-old actress wore a green jumpsuit with red highlights on the set of production”,
just shocked similarly, she got some exclusive shots of Sofia Vergara filming the upcoming series where she seemingly chases one of her co-stars with a bat.
Countless people saw Netflix take over the former Club Ripples for filming in Long Beach. Some were even hopeful that the restaurant had some sort of revival. Of course, it was just Netflix that temporarily transformed the building into “El Floridita”.
LBIZE states that:
“Filming has been non-stop since Feb. 22, when trailers, portable bathrooms, a range of classic cars given the story’s 70s and 80s timeline, and numerous power generators took over the beachfront area directly across from the Floridita set.”
Nice to see how the old Club Ripples are getting a facelift. Netflix is in town to film the miniseries about #GriseldaBlank of #SofiaVergara† With the beachfront accommodation here I really wish a new bar opened here for good. Really great location. pic.twitter.com/gK4P45CP8r
— Jake Williams (@mr__twitchy) February 27, 2022
It’s worth noting that production on the series has likely been paused due to Vergara’s filming duties on America’s Got Talent in Apr 2022.
When does Griselda come out on Netflix?
No release date or window has been specified. Based on the production schedule, a 2022 release date seems unlikely, so we suspect a 2023 release is most likely.
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