As part of the Television Critics Association bi-annual press tour, Telemundo featured international film and television star Kate del Castillo to represent the highly anticipated return of “La Reina Del Sur.” Del Castillo commanded the center stage on Tuesday, January 29 at the Main Ballroom of the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena for a 30-minute “intimate conversation” with entertainment journalists. As the most successful series in the network’s history, “La Reina Del Sur’s” new season is a continuation of the groundbreaking dramatic serial drama where Del Castillo returns in her most iconic role as Teresa Mendoza, after an eight-year absence.
“I always say that the story is the main thing,” said Del Castillo. “When we first presented “La Reina Del Sur,” it was one of the first heroines that was really an anti-heroine. She’s a woman who is flawed, and we haven’t seen that, at least not in Spanish-language television. This is a major opportunity for Telemundo and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
A co-production between Telemundo Global Studios and Netflix, the series was shot on location in eight countries. Drug trafficker Teresa Mendoza had disappeared into the U.S. Federal Witness Protection Program after bringing down a powerful and dangerous Mexican presidential candidate Epifanio Vargas. Hers is now a life of total anonymity in Italy as “Maria Dantes,” peacefully raising her daughter Sofia in the Tuscan village of Massa Marittima. However, her life takes an unexpected turn and she will do the impossible to reclaim her throne as “La Reina del Sur.”
“I wish we could have more Teresa Mendozas on the screen, English, Chinese, Japanese, German-speaking,” said del Castillo. “I’m proud to be one of the pioneers in Spanish speaking television as a Latino heroine.”
Created by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, “La Reina del Sur” is written by Roberto Stopello, Juan Marcos Blanco, Miguel Ferrari, and Jose Miguel Nuñez. Marcos Santana is the showrunner of the series, with Telemundo’s Martha Godoy and AG Studios’ Rodrigo Guerrero as Executive Producers. The new season of “La Reina del Sur” is a co-production between Telemundo Global Studios and Netflix. Telemundo has the exclusive rights in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and Netflix has the exclusive rights for the rest of the world.