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NARCOS

Agent Peña, how much do you know about the Cali Cartel?”

These were the final words spoken in the last season of the Netflix original series “Narcos,” starring Pedro Pascal as the chief agent who took down drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. (Pascal briefly played a character in ‘Game of Thrones’ until he got his head squeezed like a grape by a giant in a gross out brawl.)

In the new post-Escobar drug world the upcoming season, according to the Netflix press release, will “pivot into the corrupt, powerful, and wildly profitable world of Colombia’s Cali Cartel-the biggest drug lords you’ve probably never heard of.”

Season 3 of “Narcos” will premiere globally on Netflix on September 1.

 

From the release: “Narcos” Season Three Synopsis:
Now that the bloody hunt for Pablo Escobar has ended, the DEA turns its attention to the richest drug trafficking organization in the world: the Cali Cartel. Led by four powerful godfathers, this cartel operates much differently than Escobar’s, preferring to bribe government officials and keep its violent actions out of the headlines.

Meet the Kings:

• Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela (Damian Alcazar)- leader of Cali Cartel, “boss of bosses”
• Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela (Francisco Denis)- the brains behind the rise of the of Cali Cartel and Gilberto’s brother
• Pacho Herrera (Alberto Ammann)- the on-the-low hitman, runs the Mexican connection and international distribution
• Chepe Santacruz Londono (Pepe Rapazote)–  runs the satellite NYC empire of the Colombian drug network

Other new players include:

• Jorge Salcedo (Matias Varela)- Cali’s head of security who prioritizes his wife and kids’ protection over his bosses
• DEA agents Chris Feistl (Michael Stahl-David) and Daniel Van Ness (Matt Whelan), who enter the operation with enthusiasm and inexperience
• Franklin Jurado (Miguel Angel Silvestre)- the cartel’s money launderer who unknowingly puts his wife, Christina (Kerry Bishe) in mortal danger
• David Rodriguez (Arturo Castro)- Miguel’s oldest son, who is reluctant at first to take a leading role in the cartel structure

“This time around, all rules have changed for the narcos and their opponents – a fact many won’t realize until it’s too late.”

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Paula Schwartz

Paula Schwartz is a veteran journalist based in New York who is passionate about the movies. Her idea of heaven is watching three movies in a row. She’s written for various outlets, including the New York Times, Showbiz411, More and MovieMaker Magazine. For five seasons, she contributed to the New York Times seasonal movie blog, Carpetbaggers, where she covered major awards events and interviewed stars like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Helen Mirren.

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