Netflix slates its first LATAM original, Narcos

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 30 June 2015

Strengthening its focus on local productions, Netflix is set to air Narcos, the first series produced by the platform in Latin America.

Narcos, inspired by the real-life story of the Colombian drug-dealer Pablo Escobar, reflects the narcotics war in the country during the late 80s.

Directed by Jose Padilha, who is responsible for Elite Squad, about the conflict in Brazil's favelas, and the 2014 sequel of Robocop, the series will have ten episodes and will be available worldwide from 28 August.

The series was filmed entirely in Colombia, in collaboration with Gaumont International Television. It has a Latin American cast, including Wagner Moura (Elite Squad, Elysium) as Pablo Escobar, and Pedro Pascal (prince Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones) as DEA agent Javier Peña. Also appearing in the series are Colombian actors including Juan Pablo Raba (El corazón del océano) and Manolo Cardona (Covert Affairs), Mexican stars like Stephanie Sigman and Ana de la Reguera (Nacho libre), and the Brazilian André Mattos (Elite Squad).