Cinelatino is set to premiere its first original series, El Desconocido: La Historia del Cholo Adrián
(5x60’), about the top lieutenant of the world’s most notorious drug lord. The series will premiere exclusively in the U.S. on Cinelatino with back-to-back airings on Friday, July 28, at 10 and 11pm ET / 7 and 8pm PT.
Inspired by true events, El Desconocido
is the fictional story of “El Cholo” Adrián, right-hand man to the infamous drug lord, “El Chato” Guzmán, who heads Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel.
This action-packed drama tells the story of El Cholo, who was born into a drug trafficking family in a small town in Sinaloa and is the son of the legendary narco, El Cobra. The series follows El Cholo’s rise to power within the cartel, his blossoming friendship with El Chato, his tragic love story, and his ultimate capture alongside El Chato.
“This captivating series is unlike any other narco-drama on television. The fictional series, inspired by real headlines, goes beyond basic storytelling and examines the human side of the war—the story delves into the characters and their personal experiences, choices, dilemmas and conflicts, as well as what it means to be born into a narco family and have no other realistic alternatives. Viewers will be able to identify with the themes of friendship, parenthood, youth, love and loss. We are honored to tell this never-before-told story, we’re confident audiences will love it,” said Carolina Bilbao, executive producer of El Desconocido
and executive creative director of Cinelatino.
The five-part series features a an all-star cast, including Guillermo Iván (Trade, Vantage Point, Sin Memoria, La Casa de los Babies
), Estrella Solís (Anything but Plain, Como Dice el Dicho
), Mario Zaragoza (Capadocia, From Prada to Nada, Man on Fire, Get the Gringo, Suave Patria
), Scarlet Gruber (Tierra de Reyes, Passions of the Heart
), Ivonne Montero (Ladrón que Roba a Ladrón, Decisiones, El Tigre de Santa Julia, Sin Verguenzas, Anita no te Rajes!
), and José Ángel Bichir (Tiempo Final, Los Simuladores
), among others.
Juárez/El Paso-based indie band The Chamanas, nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist in 2016, re-recorded their original song Las Penas
for the series’ opening credits. Directed by celebrated filmmaker Gonzalo González, the film was written by Erick Hernández and produced by Plus Entertainment exclusively for Cinelatino.