Wagner Moura has landed one (drug) lord of a role…
The 37-year-old Brazilian film, television and stage actor has been cast as the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in Gaumont International Television and Netflix’s new series Narcos.
The starring role as the Medellin Cartel leader will reunite Moura with Brazilian director Jose Padilha, who directed him in Elite Squad films.
Moura portrayed the police captain who battled corruption in his effort to take down drug dealers in the two Padilha-directed films that were blockbuster hits in Brazil.
Now, Moura, one of Brazil’s biggest stars, will be bringing to life the biggest drug trafficker of his era.
The series, based on Padilha’s idea, will chronicle the life and death of Escobar, the cold-blooded jefe of the Medellin Cartel. Escobar, a known terrorist who was also a congressman and family man, was revered by the poor as a modern-day Robin Hood.
Padilha is slated to oversee and direct the 13-episode first season, which is eying a 2014 debut on Netflix.
Moura most recently gained recognition globally playing “Spider” in the 2013 sci-fi film Elysium.