Narcos Trailer: New Netflix Series Tackles Pablo Escobar & the 80s Drug Wars


Netflix has unveiled the first trailer for Narcos, the upcoming series that chronicles the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and the drug wars that resulted from the sudden influx of drugs to the U.S. in the 80s.

José Padilha, known for Brazilian action-thrillers Elite Squad & Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, as well as last year’s RoboCop remake, is behind this impressive-looking study on both sides of the 80s drug wars.

Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) star as real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña, two men who went from fighting drug dealers “in flip-flops” to colliding with some of the world’s most violent and powerful drug lords. Wagner Moura (Elite Squad, Elysium) plays the infamous Pablo Escobar.

This looks great. A potent, violent and layered outing that looks to be packing in the gritty details in the midst of a huge scope. Our leads aren’t huge stars, which is bound to serve the story well as we get into it based purely on characterisation. We’re trying to keep our expectations in check, but this one’s high on our must-watch list.

Narcos, also starring Juan Pablo Raba, Joanna Christie, Stephanie Sigman, Manolo Cardona, André Mattos, Luis Guzman and Ana de la Reguera, hits Netflix on August 28.

Official rundown for Narcos:

Narcos chronicles the gripping real-life stories of the infamous drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the corroborative efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. Its gritty storytelling details the many, often-conflicting forces – legal, political, police, military and civilian – that clash in the effort to control cocaine, one of the world’s most valuable commodities.

The series re-partners creator and executive producer José Padilha (Elite Squad, RoboCop) with acclaimed Brazilian actor Wagner Moura (Elite Squad, Elysium) as a captivating Pablo Escobar alongside Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) as real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña. The series also features powerful performances by Colombia’s Juan Pablo Raba (El corazón del océano), British theater star Joanna Christie (Once), Mexican sensation Stephanie Sigman (also seen later this year in the next Bond installment, Spectre), Colombian actor Manolo Cardona (Covert Affairs), Brazil’s renowned André Mattos (Elite Squad), beloved Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzman (Boogie Nights) and the stunning Ana de la Reguera (Eastbound & Down, Nacho Libre) from Mexico.