The drug trade has long been the foundation of television dramas for decades. Lately, it's been the premise of shows like 'Weeds,' 'Narcos,' 'Breaking Bad,' and films like 'Sicario.' Arturo Pérez-Reverte's bestseller "La Reina Del Sur" became a hugely popular Spanish-language soap opera at Telemundo and now it's been adapted in English on the USA Network. The show, Queen of the South, stars Alice Braga (“I Am Legend”) and will premiere Tuesday, June 21 at 10/9c.
After her drug-dealing boyfriend is mysteriously murdered in Mexico, Teresa Mendoza (Braga) flees to the U.S. and forms a surprising alliance to help destroy the cartel that has her running for her life.
Billed as more of a serialized crime drama than it's soapy Spanish television counterpart, 'Queen' stars many actors from the aforementioned shows with drug trade themes. Joining Braga are Verónica Falcón (“Besos de Azúcar”) as Camila Vargas, Justina Machado (“Six Feet Under”) as Brenda Parra, Peter Gadiot (“Tut”) as James Valdez, Hemky Madera (“Weeds”) as Pote Galvez and Gerardo Taracena (“Apocalypto”) as Cesar “Batman” Guemes. Guest stars include Joaquim de Almeida (“Our Brand is Crisis”), Jon Ecker (“Narcos”) and James Martinez (“Breaking Bad”).
'Queen of the South' is executive produced by David T. Friendly (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Courage Under Fire”), along with M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller ("The Final Girls"). Scott Rosenbaum (“Gang Related”) will serve as showrunner. The pilot was written by Fortin and Miller, directed by Charlotte Sieling and executive produced by Pancho Mansfield (“Damien”).