‘Game of Thrones’ Star Pedro Pascal to Star in Netflix’s Drug Series ‘Narcos’

By June 6, 2014

After making quite the splash as Oberyn Martell on this season of “Game of Thrones,” actor Pedro Pascal is moving from a supporting player into a lead role on a new series. Deadline reports that Pascal has signed on to star in “Narcos,” a new series for Netflix.

The show stars Elite Squad actor Wagner Moura as renowned drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, and Pascal will play Javier Pena, “a Mexican DEA agent sent to Colombia on a U.S. mission to capture and ultimately kill him.” The show tells the true story of the cocaine cartels that exploded in the 1980s and the law enforcement tasked with shutting them down. This is ground that’s been well tread in TV and film before, but with Pascal and Moura (who is truly excellent in the Elite Squad films – especially Elite Squad: The Enemy Within) on board, and Netflix branching out into a sprawling drug drama, this could be fantastic.

Jose Padilha

Another added bonus? The series is going to be directed by Jose Padilha, the Elite Squad helmer who moved into the Hollywood system with the RoboCop remake (check out my interview with him here). Padilha is a super smart guy, and he also has the ability to pull off a legitimately gritty filmmaking style that will match with this subject matter beautifully. The show is set to debut sometime in 2015, and we’ll definitely be keeping our eyes peeled for it.

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