Sofía Vergara is slated to star in Netflix’s upcoming crime drama Griselda, which is based on a true event, and we now have a premiere date.
The streamer has verified that it will be available in January 2024.
At the same time, Netflix released an “extended first look” with brand new stills of Vergara in the lead character (she is also a co-creator and executive producer of the limited series, alongside Narcos’ Eric Newman and director Andrés Baiz).
“As a Colombian immigrant and single mother who came to America and built an empire, Sofía shares that personal aspect of this character, and her passion for telling her story was undeniably the driving force behind this project,” stated Eric Newman.
“What will truly astound viewers is how she encompasses this complete darkness in her performance — a far cry from the beloved comedic star she’s known as.” Finding her way there was her greatest obstacle on this show, and witnessing her successful transformation was a privilege.”
This news follows the official Netflix Twitter account’s announcement of Vergara’s transformation into Griselda Blanco, “a woman who rose from obscurity to become ‘the Godmother’ of the underworld.”
Sofía Vergara from Modern Family experiences transformation in the first look at the upcoming Netflix drama
Vergara, best known for her role as the quirky Gloria Pritchard on ABC’s long-running sitcom Modern Family, would play Blanco as a “woman with substance,” according to the ad.
Blanco’s “lethal blend of charm and ruthlessness” will be on display throughout the series.
Blanco, also called “The Black Widow” or “The Cocaine Godmother,” controlled narcotics operations from Colombia to Miami, New York, and California. Her distribution network reportedly earned $80 million every month, and she is largely attributed with exacerbating Miami’s high crime epidemic in the 1980s.
Blanco was arrested in 1985 and released in 2004. She was shot by a drive-by assassin on September 3, 2012, aged 69.
Griselda will arrive on Netflix in January 2024.