‘Queen of the South’ is a crime drama thriller based on the best-selling book ‘La Reina del Sur’ by Arturo Perez-Reverte. The novel was first made into a telenovela of the same name before an English version was made, which airs on the USA Network and first premiered on June 23, 2016. It has been created by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller. The show tells the story of Teresa Mendoza, a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America.
Shows on the drug trade has become increasingly popular since Netflix aired ‘Narcos‘ back in 2015. Since then, people have expressed an interest in knowing all aspects of the trade, from the big producers or kingpins to the wily distributors, right down to the street level dealers who flood society with whatever drug that seems to be in demand. However, one aspect that is often overlooked in this business is the role of women. Naturally, in male-dominated line of work, women might not always be at the center of things. However, they often play important roles in the lives of the cartel members and have often been the cause of their downfall as well. ‘Queen of the South’ also focuses on the women impacted by the drug trade and how they fight for themselves or carve a niche in the drug world. Naturally, it has gained immense popularity among viewers, and critics too have praised it saying, “Queen of the South enlivens an overdone premise with action and narrative vigor—and shows hints of intriguing potential.”
Queen of the South Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Queen of the South’ includes Alice Braga of ‘City of God‘ fame, who plays the role of Teresa Mendoza, a poor woman from Sinaloa, Mexico, who eventually becomes a wealthy woman by building an immense drug empire.
Veronica Falcon is seen as Doña Camila Vargas, the estranged wife of Don Epifañio. She is the head of the Vargas Cartel’s North American branch in Dallas, Texas. Justina Machado of ‘Six Feet Under‘ and ‘Jane the Virgin‘ fame, plays the role of Brenda Parra, Teresa’s best friend.
Peter Gadiot is seen as James Valdez, the right-hand man of Vargas. Hemky Madera appears as Pote Galvez. He used to be a lieutenant in the Vargas cartel, but works closely with Mendoza, considering her to be something of a family. Another notable character in the show has been Joaquim de Almeida, who is famous for his roles in ‘Behind Enemy Lines‘, ‘Fast Five‘ and ‘Desperado‘. He plays the role of Don Epifañio Vargas, Camila’s husband and the head of the Vargas cartel, which is the equivalent of the Sinaloan cartel. Like any good gangster, his aim is to try and go legitimate and enter the world of politics.
Hopefully, in the upcoming season, we will see most of the main cast return, and perhaps they will be joined by some new faces, either on the side of the cartels or on the side of law enforcement.