Sofia Vergara is unrecognizable as she plays drug cartel boss in new Netflix series
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Sofia Vergara looks unrecognizable in her upcoming role as famed drug cartel boss in new Netflix series.
Check out the official teaser here:
The 51-year-old plays Griselda Blanco, who is also known as the Columbian ‘Godmother’.
The new series is inspired by the life of the real-life ‘savvy and ambitious’ woman who created one of the most profitable cartels in history.
Netflix say of Griselda: “In 1970s-80s Miami, Blanco’s lethal blend of unsuspected savagery and charm helped her expertly navigate between business and family, leading her to become widely known as ‘the Godmother’.”
The new drama is from the creators of Narcos and Narcos: Mexico.
Directed by Andrés Baiz, Griselda is created by Eric Newman, with Ingrid Escajeda as showrunner and Doug Miro as executive producer.
Vergara is also executive producer on the six-episode series.
The cast also includes Alberto Guerra, Christian Tappan, Martín Rodríguez, Juliana Aidén Martinez and Vanessa Ferlito.
From the teaser, Vergara certainly looks different in the role as she appears well weathered as the cartel boss.
And appearance aside, it’s set to be like no role we’re used to seeing the comedy show star in.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Newman referred to Griselda as ‘a cousin’ to the popular Narcos.
Vergara was reportedly very passionate about Blanco's story, and her and executive producer, Luis Balaguer, had been developing it for eight years before Netflix were involved, the outlet reported.
Newman said: “It had a lot of the elements and felt like Narcos to us but we also wanted it to be Sofia’s party.
“She’s so good in it and it’s something that she’s been carrying around. To go back to your question about what appeals to me, or what the throughline is, it’s that kind of passion.”
Vergara has recently been in headlines after splitting from her husband of nearly seven years, Joe Manganiello, over the summer.
She told Entertainment Tonight that she’s been ‘trying to have fun’ as news of her divorce spread.
Vergara said of Queen Bey: “She was spectacular! What a show! Her daughter, her songs, her outfits, her body, I mean everything.”
Griselda lands on Netflix on 25 January, 2024.