Networks have finally learned that the lives of cartel leaders make for good television. Over the last few years, we’ve seen “Narcos” and “La Reina del Sur” receive solid reviews for their gritty, mainstream depictions of real life drug lords. So it came as no surprise when Univision and Netflix announced last year that they were developing a series based on the life of the notorious kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.
After more than a year since the announcement, Univision has dropped the first “El Chapo” trailer featuring actual footage.
Little has been said about the cast, but president of Univision’s Story House Camila Jiménez Villa has said that the show will show reveal El Chapo in a very unique light. Villa said:
“This series pulls back the curtain on one of the most captivating criminals of our time by combining the world-class reporting and insights from Univision News’ investigative team with an outstanding team of talented storytellers and producers.”
Check out Univision’s latest “El Chapo” trailer here:
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Univision and Netflix aren’t the only media companies to work on an El Chapo story. Last year, The History Channel announced it was developing #Cartel, which is expected to be a thoroughly researched story about the history and impact of Joaquín Guzmán’s life.
The second season of you came out just a few weeks ago, and people can’t get enough of the creepy psychological drama. The new season features a mostly new cast, as the homicidal leading man Joe moves to Los Angeles for a fresh start to unleash his cycle of obsession and murder on a new group of people. One of the new main characters is Ellie, played by former Disney star Jenna Ortega —and although the teenager is only 17 years of age, she’s landed some major roles.
In the new series, Joe (played by Penn Badgley) tries to turn his life around by moving to Los Angeles.
There, he becomes close to the Quinn family and the Alves family —and things take a dark turn for Joe’s neighbors Delilah and Ellie Alvez —who is played by Jenna.
Ortega is Ellie, a teenager who grew up fast in the big city.
Ellie likes to act and appear older than her years. Secretly living with minimal supervision or nurturing in her life, she must take care of herself and isn’t afraid to get into murky waters to make a little cash. This includes working cons on the adults around her, including Joe Goldberg.
Joe and Ellie’s older sister Delilah become friends and Joe starts to feel very protective over Ellie.
When things take a turn for the worst, Joe looks after Ellie, who’s left orphaned with Child Protection Services close behind her. Seeing his younger self in Ellie, Joe helps her escape and promises to protect her.
This Latina rising star has been working since a young age.
Although Jenna Ortega is only 17, she’s been acting since she was 9, with plenty of guest spots on TV and, eventually, some major roles. Maybe you recognize her as the young Jane from Jane the Virgin, or you might recognize her voice from one of Disney’s most popular current animated shows. Keep reading to see all of Ortega’s major roles to date.
Jane the Virgin
Jenna Ortega’s breakout role was her five-season recurring role as the young version of Jane Villanueva on CW’s beloved comedy Jane the Virgin. She played Jane in flashbacks throughout all five seasons of the show.
You isn’t Jenna Ortega’s first major role on a Netflix show. Back in 2015, she was one of the main characters on the reboot of Richie Rich, playing Richie’s luxury-loving best friend Darcy. The show wasn’t successful and ended after just one season.
Stuck in the Middle
Jenna Ortega landed her first full-fledged leading role on the Disney Channel sitcom Stuck in the Middle, where she played Harley Diaz, the middle child of seven siblings. The show ran from 2016 to 2018, earning Ortega three Imagen Award nominations, one of which she won.
Elena of Avalor
Beginning in 2016 and continuing to the present day, Jenna Ortega has voiced the character of Princess Isabel on the Disney animated series Elena of Avalor. She plays the clever younger sister of the teenage princess Elena, Disney’s first Latina princesses.
The little-seen drama Saving Flora features Jenna Ortega as the teenage daughter of a circus owner who rescues an aging elephant from being euthanized. The two run away into the forest, where they encounter dangers on their way to an elephant preserve.
‘You’ is just the latest major role for Ortega, and there are more on the horizon
She’s signed on for another go-round with Netflix, this time in the upcoming horror comedy The Babysitter 2. After that, she’s set to appear in the family comedy Yes Day, co-starring with Jennifer Garner and Édgar Ramírez.
Netflix does not mess around. In the first week of the New Year, they have dropped the news on a slew of upcoming releases, including new movies, new shows, and trailers for new seasons. They’re releasing so many programs and films that we have no idea when we’re going to have to watch any of it. We will be making time for two shows in particular: Luis Miguel season two and “Narcos: Mexico” season two.
The new trailer for “Narcos: Mexico” season two is here, and we have a lot of questions. [Warning: spoiler alerts below]
Diego Luna is back as Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, the “Bill Gates of cocaine,” or we can also say the drug lord who birthed the career of El Chapo. First, a brief recap of season one: For those who loved “Narcos,” the original may or may not have tuned in to the new installation based on the Mexican cartel — although they did intertwine towards the end of season one. However, I didn’t care to watch the original “Narcos” because it wasn’t my cup of tea. Now, Diego Luna and Michael Peña certainly is my cup of tea, which is why I tuned in to “Narcos: Mexico.”
The show’s plot is all about how Gallardo went from a small farmer in Culiacán, Sinaloa, while also working Mexican Federal Judicial Police agent. So, he knew the ins-and-outs of life as a commoner and someone with some kind of power as well. Gallardo’s connections with the government of Sinaloa helped him launch a drug trafficking organization, and you can say the rest is history. What was the fascinating aspect to this first season is watching how Gallardo grew his organization, and who in his inner circle would be loyal. The tension was also centered on the case against him by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
As we saw in season one, Michael Peña’s character, agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, is killed. So, who’s in the new cast?
Clearly, the DEA will still be after Gallardo and his people now that Kiki’s body was discovered at the end of season one. We loved the dynamic between Kiki and Gallardo. We will definitely miss his inclusion on the show.
Actor Scoot McNairy will play a new DEA agent that is looking to bring to justice the killer of Kiki. His character, Walt Breslin, makes a brief cameo in the trailer. He is seen undercover in a van listening to Gallardo and his squad having dinner.
We’re happy to report that actress, Teresa Ruiz, as Isabella Bautista is back for season two!
Ruiz was one of the best characters on the show, and one of the few Latinas as well. She was a leader and a tough person to reckon with. Yes, she was a drug dealer as well, but she carried her own, which is why Gallardo had to have her on his team.
“To understand the current level of drug violence in Mexico, you have to understand how it all started, and truly grasp America’s integral role in it,” executive producer and showrunner Eric Newman said in a statement, according to Insider TV. “The second season of “Narcos: Mexico” is a Pandora’s box, the contents of which we still struggle in vain, 30 years later, to try and contain.”
Sounds so thrilling right?
At the end of the day, this is still a drama about drug trafficking in Mexico, which continues to be a controversial topic.
It’s challenging to bring a show like this to the present-day audience because why are we will still glamorizing the cartels and putting this harsh light onto Mexico and its people. We cannot deny the history either.
In 2018, Luna said that he did not want to meet the real Gallardo because he didn’t want to, in so many words, get mixed up with those kinds of criminals. He said everyone in Mexico could not escape the stigma of cartels in one way or another, but as an actor, he wanted to explore the mindset of Gallardo and what made him take the actions that he did.
Season two includes numerous new Latino actors, but more than anything, we cannot wait to hear the soundtrack.
We loved (loved!) the music in season one. It was a blend of ’80s Spanish pop and English tunes as well. This new season looks to be just as good. The trailer includes a stripped-down version of Blondie’s “Call Me,” which got me pumped for the new show.