A brand new trailer has arrived for Netflix’s next original series Narcos, exploring the activities of infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Set during the druggy excesses of the 1980s, the series delves into the exploits of the kingpin himself and the Medellin cartel, who aided him in funnelling buckets of cocaine in and out of Colombia. This latest preview provides new insight thanks to Boyd Holbrook’s voiceover as one of the DEA agents lumped with the thankless task of bringing Escobar down.
Alongside Holbrook is Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) as a fellow agent and Wagner Moura in the plum role of the gangster himself. And the blood-soaked, violence-fuelled gangster tip is played heavily here, with more than a few nods to some of the genre’s classics. What’s worthwhile noting while watching the trailer is how little public presence the series has thus far. It’s scheduled to drop the entirety of its ten-episode season on Netflix August 28 — but who’s going to tune in?
Netflix’s firm grip on the instant streaming monopoly isn’t quite as steadfast as it once was. This year has seen it take a few losses with the likes of Wachowski sci-fi tale Sense8 performing below par. Will the legions of binge-watchers find solace in Narcos?
“Narcos” chronicles the gripping real-life stories of the drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the corroborative efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It details the conflicting forces – legal, political, police, military and civilian – that clash in an effort to control the world’s most powerful commodity: cocaine.
The 10-episode series re-partners creator and executive producer José Padilha (Elite Squad, RoboCop) with Brazilian actor Wagner Moura (Elite Squad, Elysium) as a captivating Pablo Escobar alongside Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) and Pedro Pascal (“Game of Thrones”) as real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña. The series also features performances by Colombia’s Juan Pablo Raba (“El corazón del océano”), British theater star Joanna Christie (Once), Mexican sensation Stephanie Sigman (also seen later this year in the next Bond installment, SPECTRE), Colombian actor Manolo Cardona (Covert Affairs), Brazil’s renowned André Mattos (Elite Squad), beloved Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzman (Boogie Nights) and the stunning Ana de la Reguera (“Eastbound & Down,” Nacho Libre) from Mexico.
Eric Newman (Children of Men), the team of Doug Miro and Carlos Bernard (Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and Chris Brancato (“Hannibal”) also serve as executive producers on the series. “Narcos” is produced by Gaumont Television for Netflix.