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Sofia Vergara transforms into terrifying drug lord Griselda Blanco in Netflix’s Griselda


Sofia Vergara, 49, transforms into terrifying drug lord Griselda Blanco in first look photo from her new Netflix limited series ‘Griselda’


Sofia Vergara takes on a role unlike any she’s played before, taking on the terrifying real-life Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco in the Netflix limited series Griselda.

The streaming service released the first look photo of the 49-year-old actress as Blanco, who was known as the Godmother for running the Miami cocaine trade for the Medellin cartel.

Netflix also announced additional casting for the show, with Alberto Guerra, Vanessa Ferlito, Alberto Ammann, Christian Tappan, Diego Trujillo, Paulina Davila, Gabriel Sloyer, Juliana Aidén Martinez, Martin Rodriguez, José Zúñiga signing on.

First look: The streaming service released the first look photo of the 49-year-old actress as Blanco, who was known as the Godmother for running the Miami cocaine trade for the Medellin cartel

Cast: Netflix also announced additional casting for the show, with Alberto Guerra, Vanessa Ferlito, Alberto Ammann, Christian Tappan, Diego Trujillo, Paulina Davila, Gabriel Sloyer, Juliana Aidén Martinez, Martin Rodriguez, José Zúñiga signing on

Cast: Netflix also announced additional casting for the show, with Alberto Guerra, Vanessa Ferlito, Alberto Ammann, Christian Tappan, Diego Trujillo, Paulina Davila, Gabriel Sloyer, Juliana Aidén Martinez, Martin Rodriguez, José Zúñiga signing on

The show is inspired by Blanco’s true story, and how she pioneered drug trafficking from Colombia to her base in Miami.

She created one of the most profitable drug cartels in history and is also said to be the first female criminal billionaire.

‘A devoted mother, Blanco’s lethal blend of charm and unsuspected savagery helped her expertly navigate between family and business leading her to become widely known as the “Godmother,”‘ reads the official description from Netflix.

True story: The show is inspired by Blanco's true story, and how she pioneered drug trafficking from Colombia to her base in Miami

True story: The show is inspired by Blanco’s true story, and how she pioneered drug trafficking from Colombia to her base in Miami

Mother: 'A devoted mother, Blanco's lethal blend of charm and unsuspected savagery helped her expertly navigate between family and business leading her to become widely known as the "Godmother,"' reads the official description from Netflix

Mother: ‘A devoted mother, Blanco’s lethal blend of charm and unsuspected savagery helped her expertly navigate between family and business leading her to become widely known as the “Godmother,”‘ reads the official description from Netflix

The show was first announced in November, with Vergara also serving as an executive producer on the series.

The show was created by Ingrid Escajeda (Justified, Empire) who co-wrote the first episode with Doug Miro (Narcos).

Escajeda and Miro will executive produce alongside Vergara and Luis Balaguer with Latin World Entertainment,, Narcos’ Eric Newman and Andrés Baiz.

Star and producer: The show was first announced in November, with Vergara also serving as an executive producer on the series

Star and producer: The show was first announced in November, with Vergara also serving as an executive producer on the series

Baiz is also slated to direct all six of the 50-minute episodes, with Escajeda and Miro both serving as co-showrunners. 

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.

She was killed my a motorcyclist in Medellin who shot her twice, passing away at 69 years of age and leaving four children behind.

Director: Baiz is also slated to direct all six of the 50-minute episodes, with Escajeda and Miro both serving as co-showrunners

Director: Baiz is also slated to direct all six of the 50-minute episodes, with Escajeda and Miro both serving as co-showrunners

Griselda Blanco was previously played by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 2018 Lifetime biopic Cocaine Godmother. 

Jennifer Lopez was also attached to play Blanco in a feature film entitled The Godmother for STX Films.

It was reported in April 2020 that Reed Morano (The Rhythm Section) was attached to direct though there have been no further updates on the project.

Griselda: Griselda Blanco was previously played by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 2018 Lifetime biopic Cocaine Godmother

Griselda: Griselda Blanco was previously played by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 2018 Lifetime biopic Cocaine Godmother

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