‘El Chapo’ is an American crime television series which has been produced be Netflix and Univision. However, the show first aired on Univision before it was available for streaming on Netflix. The series first premiered on April 23, 2017. Who might have thought that the narcotics drama would be more addictive than narcotics itself? Well, ‘El Chapo’ is!
The show revolves around the life of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. However, it would be important to note that this series ‘El Chapo’ is not part of the ‘Narcos‘ universe, which also introduced El Chapo recently in their show ‘Narcos: Mexico‘ but has not gone too deep into how dangerous and powerful cartel head was. Nonetheless, ‘El Chapo’ has garnered a strong fan following, many of whom were hooked to shows following the drug trade ever since Wagner Moura personified magical realism in his portrayal of Pablo Escobar. Critics too have lauded the show, especially for the performances and the kind of research that has gone into it to make the portrayal realistic, rather than a comical good vs bad take on the Mexican drug trade.
El Chapo Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘El Chapo’ includes Marco de la O is playing the role of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who has often been considered to be one of the most feared men in the world. Before his capture, he was often considered to be one of the most powerful men alive, not to mention one of the biggest cartel bosses in the history of cocaine trading.
Other cast members include Humberto Busto who is Conrado Higuera Sol aka “Don Sol”, which is a fictional character based on Genaro Garcia Luna, the Mexican Secretary of Public Security. The role of Tono is played by Alejandro Aguilar and Mauricio Mejia appears as the Colombian drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar.
There are several other key characters like Amado Carrillo Fuentes and Vicente Carrillo Fuentes of the Juarez cartel, and the Avendanos, which is a fictionalized portrayal of the Felixes of the Tijuana cartel. Along with several other supporting actors who play characters on both sides of the law, ‘El Chapo’ succeeds in painting a picture of lawlessness and corruption where a few good people were trying to rein in a drug trade that had taken on monstrous proportions.