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‘Narcos: Mexico’ Renewed for Second Season on Netflix

The story of Félix Gallardo isn’t over yet, as Netflix has renewed “Narcos: Mexico” for a second season, the streamer announced Wednesday. The renewal comes just three weeks after the first season’s Nov. 16 premiere. No return date has been set.

Narcos: Mexico” charts the origins of the country’s drug war through the rise and fall of the Guadalajara Cartel under Miguel Angel Félix Gallardo. Season 1 follows Gallardo as he unites Mexico’s disparate smuggling organizations into the country’s first global drug empire, while DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena’s efforts to expose the operation lead him to a horrific outcome with decades-long geopolitical consequences.

With Diego Luna as Gallardo and Michael Peña as Camarena, Season 1 also starred Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Alyssa Diaz, Joaquín Cosío, José María Yazpik, Matt Letscher, Ernesto Alterio, Alejandro Edda, Fernanda Urrejola, Teresa Ruiz, Gerardo Taracena and Aaron Staton.

Created by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro with Eric Newman as executive producer and showrunner, “Narcos: Mexico” is a companion series to Bernard and Miro’s 2015-2017 Netflix series “Narcos,” which followed the rise and fall of Colombia’s Medellin and Cali cartels during the 1980s and 1990s. José Padilha, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard and Andrés Baiz also serve as executive producers,

“Narcos: Mexico” is produced by Gaumont Television for Netflix.

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Disney+ ‘Rogue One’ Series Enlists ‘The Americans’ Alum Stephen Schiff as Showrunner

“The Americans” executive producer Stephen Schiff will serve as showrunner on the upcoming “Rogue One” prequel series for Disney+.

Schiff, a writer-producer on the acclaimed FX drama for five seasons, will write and showrun the untitled live-action series, which will see Diego Luna reprise his role from the 2015 movie “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

Announced earlier this month and set to go into production next year, the series will follow the adventures of rebel spy Cassian Andor (Luna) during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of “Rogue One.”

The project is one of two series in the “Star Wars” universe currently in the works for the upcoming streaming service.

Jon Favreau will helm the other live-action series, “The Mandalorian,” which follows a Boba Fett-like character in the time period between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.” Pedro Pascal, Nick Nolte and Gina Carano are set to star, with Bryce Dallas Howard, Taika Waititi, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow and Dave Filoni on board to direct.

Released in December 2016, the Gareth Edwards-helmed “Rogue One” was the first of the “Star Wars” standalone films, set just before the events in the original “Star Wars” movie, “A New Hope.” Luna starred alongside Felicity Jones as the leaders of a group of unlikely heroes who band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star.

The movie opened to $155 million and grossed over $1 billion worldwide.

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‘Narcos: Mexico’ Review: Two Great Performances Anchor Bleak, Compelling Season

Narcos: Mexico” wants you to think that it’s a whole new show. The newest season of the Netflix drama did go to the trouble of enlisting a new cast, relocating to a different area of the world, and promising first-time viewers that it’s not necessary to have seen the previous seasons. It’s even listed separately from “Narcos” on the Netflix site, with the new episodes listed as “Season 1.”

However, it is still the same series in every respect that matters, which makes it an easy recommend for previous fans. Showrunner Eric Newman has gotten very good at dramatizing the ever-expanding saga of the drug war for television, and the result here are 10 tense, detail-oriented episodes that don’t lack for action and drama.

While the scope might seem large, “Mexico” manages an admirable level of focus, as the show boils down largely to two men in the early 1980s: Felix (Diego Luna), the man who made the business of marijuana run like a corporation, and Enrique “Kiki” Camarena (Michael Peña), a DEA agent whose team is doing the best they can to take down Felix’s operation, despite the odds of doing so being nearly impossible in a country as corrupt as Mexico.

While it’s hard not to miss departing star Pedro Pascal, who became easily one of the best things about the original series during its Colombian days, Luna is a huge get for the series and makes Felix a terrifying, yet also all-too-often sympathetic, figure. (The fact that both Pascal and Luna are set to be leading their own individual “Star Wars” series for Disney’s upcoming streaming service is a fun coincidence.)

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“Narcos: Mexico”

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There are some other familiar faces popping up in the cast, including Matt Letscher, familiar to CW fans as “Flash” villain Eobard Thawne, and “Mad Men” alumnus Aaron Staton, aka Ken Cosgrove (no eyepatch). But it’s really Luna and Peña’s show, and even though they very rarely share the screen together, the pairing makes for a dynamic one. Peña is a long way from Ant-man’s wisecracking sidekick here, ensuring that Kiki is thoroughly grounded in the realities of this life.

“Narcos” has always been more on the level of “Scarface” than “The Godfather,” and this season feels like it’s made its peace with that fact (characters even watch a VHS copy of the Brian de Palma film at one point). There are times when the henchmen begin to feel a little generic, the agents chasing them underdeveloped as characters — and those are the male characters, who get off lucky in comparison to the women, who barely even qualify as human beings. The actors do what they can with the tropes they’re handed, but “Narcos” is not the show to watch if you’re looking for female characters with any real agency.

During the show’s Escobar run, “Narcos” occasionally fell prey to the temptation of wallowing in the more glamorous aspects of the drug cartel lifestyle, which “Mexico” manages to avoid — however, the use of Mexican locations emphasizes the natural beauty of the landscape, especially the local beaches and greenery.

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“Narcos: Mexico.”

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There’s some bloat in these episodes (there’s no reason for the finale to stretch to nearly 70 minutes,) and the show’s signature voiceover is once again ever-so-slightly overused. However, that narration does bring with it some intrigue, as in an unusual twist we don’t learn the identity of the narrator until the very end of the season — though savvy viewers will be able to identify the actor as Scoot McNairy, a new cast member who gets set up to play a significant role in a subsequent season.

Ultimately, “Narcos” has always been a story rooted in futility, its worldview drenched in the cynical knowledge that real solutions to the drug war are relatively impossible. The show is not afraid to admit that the system is broken, that human nature’s worst aspects will make sure that business is always booming for these men. This basic fact makes heroes out of the average men who try to fight these facts, many of whom end up being casualties in this battle.

The opening lines of “Narcos: Mexico” reflect that world-weary attitude: “I’m going to tell you a story, but it doesn’t have a happy ending. In fact, it doesn’t have an ending at all.” It’s grim, but honest, and just looking at the state of the world today, it’s hard not to agree that the show has a point. Fortunately, while its message may be a downer, the storytelling’s compelling enough to be worth it.

Grade: B

‘Star Wars’: Diego Luna to Reprise ‘Rogue One’ Character Cassian Andor in Live-Action Series

“The Mandalorian” isn’t the only “Star Wars” TV series in the works. Bob Iger announced today that Lucasfilm is developing a live-action series based on “Rogue One” character Cassian Andor for Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service Disney+, the company’s plan to compete with Netflix. Diego Luna will reprise his role for the show, which is currently untitled; anyone who’s seen “Rogue One” knows that this is likely to be set before the events of that film.

“Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna in a statement. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”

The series is described as a “rousing spy thriller” that “follows the adventures of rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion … [and] explore[s] tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.”

Luna starred alongside Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker in “Rogue One,” which serves as a prequel to 1977’s “A New Hope.” Gareth Edwards directed the film, which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide after being released in December 2016.

The series will go into production next year. No premiere date for the new series has been announced, but it surely seems Disney is looking to launch Disney+ with a bang.

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‘Rogue One’ Prequel Series Starring Diego Luna in the Works for Disney Streaming Service

Disney and Lucasfilm are in development on a “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” prequel series starring Diego Luna for its upcoming streaming service.

The series, which is set to go into production next year, follows the adventures of rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the series in the company’s earnings call on Thursday.

“Going back to the ‘Star Wars’ universe is very special for me,” Luna said in a statement following the announcement. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”

The project continues the trend of Disney’s successful film franchise being adapted for the newly named Disney+ streaming service. The “Rogue One” project joins “The Mandalorian,” a live-action “Star Wars” series from Jon Favreau.

As previously reported, the company is also in development on a number of Marvel spinoff miniseries starring characters from the “Avengers” franchise, including Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon. Iger confirmed the existence of the Loki project on Thursday’s call.

Released in December 2016, the Gareth Edwards-helmed “Rogue One” was the first of the “Star Wars” standalone films, set just before the events in the original “Star Wars” movie, “A New Hope.” Luna starred alongside Felicity Jones as the leaders of a group of unlikely heroes who band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star.

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Diego Luna: ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Makes It Clear Donald Trump’s Wall ‘Is Not Going to Stop Anything’

Fans of Netflix’s drug trade drama “Narcos” have spent the last three seasons watching the stories of Pablo Escobar and the Cali Cartel, but things are going to be very different in the upcoming fourth season. The show is set to undergo a minor reboot as it shifts its focus to Mexico and the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel, led by Félix Gallardo. Diego Luna is playing the drug kingpin, and he said the series made it clear to him that Donald Trump’s proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexico border is not an effective solution to solving drug and immigration problems.

“A wall is not going to stop anything,” Luna recently told Variety. “They’ve put a rapid succession of drug dealers in jail, and that hasn’t stopped anything either because this is a system, a corrupt system that has seeped into every level of power on both sides of the border. I think that’s what the series says; that we have to work together towards a solution. It’s not them against us.”

Narcos: Mexico” is set in the 1980s and follows Félix Gallardo (Luna) as he creates the biggest drug empire the country has ever seen. Michal Peña stars as DEA agent Kiki Camarena, who moves his family from California to Guadalajara and is assigned to investigate the cartel. The two characters’ fates become intertwined as their battle gives way to the modern drug trade at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“The beauty of this series is that hopefully it can trigger curiosity in audiences to go deeper and go research a little more,” Luna said about the new “Narcos” episodes. “To read about it, to see documentaries, to open the newspapers looking for clues about this situation and about our relations…While we are talking about this 5,000 [U.S.] military are going South to the border in Mexico, you know. So we do need to care about what’s happening in each other’s country because every decision we make is connected to the lives of others.”

Luna also shot down accusations in the Mexican press that “Narcos” will glorify the drug trade and make such leaders as Gallardo into figures of admiration. The actor said he understands where the fear came from, especially after the show’s trailer focused heavily on the elements of the drug trade in the new season, but Luna said it’s ultimately the opposite that is true of the series.

“After seeing the ten episodes the only thing that is clear to me is that I don’t want to belong to this world!” Luna said. “I don’t want to meet any of them, and wish I had no connection with them. It’s interesting to watch, and it’s also interesting to reflect on the past; to reflect how we got into the mess we are living in.”

“I respect every point of view, especially in Mexico where we are living the violence caused because of this,” Luna concluded. “The only thing I don’t respect is when I hear that we shouldn’t talk about this. To me that is very, very dangerous.”

“Narcos: Mexico” is available to stream in its entirety on Netflix starting November 16.

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‘Narcos: Mexico’ Trailer: Diego Luna Takes The Helm Of The Guadalajara Cartel

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‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 1: It’s A Whole New Drug World in First Trailer for Spinoff Series (Video)

Netflix just gave you a hit that is sure to bump up your morning: The official trailer for “Narcos: Mexico.”

The first full look at season one of the Netflix spinoff series teases a whole new drug world for “Narcos” fans, with this drama starring Diego Luna and Michael Peña taking you to the “birth place of Mexico’s drug war.” And don’t worry, because this show is independent from “Narcos,” so you can still it enjoy it if you aren’t fully caught up on the first three seasons of the Colombia-set series.

Here’s the official logline for “Narcos: Mexico,” per Netflix:

“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.

The series hails from Gaumont Television in association with Netflix. Eric Newman is executive producer and showrunner, with José Padilha, Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard also executive producing.

“Narcos: Mexico” launches Nov. 16 on Netflix.

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‘Narcos’ Season 4 First Look: Diego Luna and Michael Peña Start a Mexican Drug War

Netflix’s popular drug trafficking drama “Narcos” is getting an extreme makeover for its upcoming fourth season. The series is relaunching as “Narcos: Mexico,” which will move the narrative from Colombia to Mexico and feature an all new storyline and cast. The streaming giant has revealed a first look at the upcoming series with actors Michael Peña and Diego Luna on opposite ends of the drug war.

“Narcos: Mexico” is set in the 1980s and tracks the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel, led by Félix Gallardo (Luna). Gallardo built the cartel into Mexico’s biggest drug empire. Peña stars as DEA agent Kiki Camarena, who moves his family from California to Guadalajara and is assigned the Guadalajara Cartel case. The two characters’ fates become intertwined as their battle gives way to the modern drug trade.

Series creators Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard are back as executive producers of “Narcos: Mexico,” while José Padilha is serving as showrunner. Padilha is best known as the director of the 2014 “RoboCop” reboot. The supporting cast includes Aaron Staton, Alejandro Edda, and Alfonso Dosal.

“Narcos: Mexico” will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2018, Check out the first look photos below.

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“Narcos: Mexico”

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Netflix Reveals First Look At Michael Pena & Diego Luna In ‘Narcos: Mexico’

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