Netflix’s drug war drama has been rebranded as Narcos: Mexico for season 4, and the streaming service has delivered two first-look images at new stars Diego Luna and Michael Peña. The move is a big shift for the series, which has spent the last three seasons exploring the trafficking of narcotics from Colombia, devoting two seasons to the story of Pablo Escobar before following up with the dismantling of the Cali cartel in the third. The end of the third season saw series lead Pedro Pascal hinting at a shift in focus to Mexico, which is indeed where the series will place its narrative efforts in the upcoming fourth season.
The new season isn’t just a change in location, it’s almost a top-down rebuild of the series, as not only has Narcos: Mexico enlisted Luna and Peña, but the series has also brought on a number of new faces including Jackie Earle Haley, Mad Men’s Aaron Staton, The Flash’s Matt Letscher, Alyssa Diaz, and Alejandro Edda as Joaquin ‘Chapo’ Guzman. With a (mostly) new cast, new setting, and perhaps most surprisingly, by going back to a new time period, too.
In a release from Netflix, the streaming service offered up a full synopsis of the new season as well as a description of who the major players were and how they fit into the ongoing exploration of the devastating drug war. Check out the description below:
“Narcos: Mexico will explore the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, beginning at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers. Witness the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s as Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) takes the helm, unifying traffickers in order to build an empire. When DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña) moves his wife and young son from California to Guadalajara to take on a new post, he quickly learns that his assignment will be more challenging than he ever could have imagined. As Kiki garners intelligence on Félix and becomes more entangled in his mission, a tragic chain of events unfold, affecting the drug trade and the war against it for years to come.”
It’s a bold directional shift for the series but one that comes with the advantage of having Luna and Peña as the series’ new stars. Though it seemed as though there was still story to tell about season 3 lead Pedro Pascal’s Agent Javier Peña, the jump back in time frees the series up to make use of its new cast for longer, with the potential of bringing former players back at a later date. Whether or not that’s what the future holds for Narcos remains to be seen, but given the series’ success and devoted fan base, it’s likely that Narcos: Mexico is just the start of something new and exciting for the fictionalized historical drama.
You can also take a look at the complete list of new and returning cast members and who they're playing below:
- Aaron Staton (Mad Men) as Butch Sears
- Alejandro Edda (Fear the Walking Dead) as Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman
- Alfonso Dosal (Hazlo como hombre) as Benjamin Arellano Felix
- Alyssa Diaz (Ray Donovan, The Rookie) as Mika Camarena
- Clark Freeman (We Go On) as Ed Heath
- Ernesto Alterio (Cable Girls) as Salvador Osuna Nava
- Fermín Martinez (Lady of Steel) as Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno (“El Azul”)
- Fernanda Urrejola (Bala Loca) as Maria Elvira
- Gerardo Taracena (Apocalypto) as Pablo Acosta
- Gorka Lasaosa (Brain Drain) as Hector Palma
- Guillermo Villegas (Sin Nombre) as Sammy Alvarez
- Horacio Garcia Rojas (Texas Rising) as Tomas Morlet
- Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Little Children) as Jim Ferguson
- Joaquín Cosío (Quantum of Solace) as Don Neto (Ernesto-Fonseca Carillo)
- José María Yazpik (Narcos) reprises his role as Amado Carrillo Fuentes
- Lenny Jacobson (Nurse Jackie) as Roger Knapp
- Manuel Masalva (Mi corazón es tuyo) as Ramon Arellano Felix
- Matt Letscher (Scandal, The Flash) as James Kuykendall
- Tenoch Huerta (Sin Nombre) as Rafael Caro Quintero
- Teresa Ruiz (Here on Earth) as Isabella Bautista
- Tessa Ia (The Burning Plain) as Sofia Conesa
- Yul Vazquez (The Looming Tower, Magic City) as John Gavin
Narcos: Mexico will stream sometime in 2018 on Netflix.