As Netflix's Narcos readies its fourth season mission to Mexico to tackle the Guadalajara cartel, it's enlisting some big screen heavy hitters in the form of Ant-Man's Michael Peña and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Diego Luna for the show's new season. Created and produced by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro; with Eric Newman serving as showrunner, Narcos is bringing Peña and Luna on as series regulars, though specific character details are still being kept under wraps.
While the first three seasons of the series were filmed in Colombia and focused on Medellin boss Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) and the Cali cartel, new cast members and an open-ended finality to agent Javier Pena's (Pedro Pascal) helped prepare viewers for the show's upcoming change in locale to Mexico. Whether fans will get any additional insight into the future of Peña still remains to be seen, but Newman sees the agent's story as complete as it should be:
"I think you can believe his final words. I think we may do something really interesting that surprises people [next season]. I do think that we've told Peña's story pretty effectively."
Along with the casting news and confirmation of the fourth season's setting, Netflix released a new version of the show's theme song:
While it's still unclear as to when exactly Season 4 will take place, the introduction of Amado Carrillo Fuentes (Lord of the Skies), the nephew of Guadalajara cartel boss Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, confirmed that the series would be tackling the first Mexican drug trafficking group to work with Colombian bosses in the cocaine trade. For Newman, it's about connecting the dots to give viewers a proper understanding of the history of the drug trade:
"Past a certain point, and I think we've just reached that point in our show, Mexico became the kings of the cocaine game. You realize that you shut down the Miami-Caribbean corridor where they were bringing all their cocaine in for years, and that cocaine is going to find another way in. Why not this country of 130 million people with a 2,000-mile border they share with us? That seems to make the most sense, and that's exactly what happened."
With a change in focus and locale comes an introduction to someone who viewers will most likely remember from 2016: infamous Guadalajara player Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman. Newman wants people to understand more about a man who they may only know from recent headlines:
"Chapo was there at the beginning, in a way. He was one of the younger guys in the Guadalajara cartel before it splintered and he and another guy were given Sinaloa as territory. In our timeline currently, that's already happened because that was in 1985. So it depends. If we take our time, it could take a while. If we jump right into it, it could be really soon."