“The return of Kate del Castillo and ‘La Reina del Sur’ to Telemundo is absolutely an event,” said Marcos Santana, President of Telemundo Global Studios. “In the nine years since its debut, the impact of this hard hitting drama is still being felt today. Kate’s star has risen even higher since the series’ debut and having her back on board in her most iconic role is just the beginning. We are confident that its combination of international talent, an emotionally compelling and action-packed narrative, and the heightened production values of this global production all add up to a must-see entertainment experience for all audiences.”
Shot on location in seven countries, the return of “La Reina del Sur” is set eight years since powerful drug trafficker Teresa Mendoza disappeared into the U.S. Federal Witness Protection Program after bringing down 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.
“What made ‘La Reina del Sur’ a success is the storyline,” said del Castillo. A beautiful story about a woman who is an anti-heroine that fights for her life. This is a new ‘Teresa.’ It is her love for her daughter that is the strongest aspect of her continuing story. Now she’s confronting all these people in order to get her daughter back. I’m amazed about what we’ve done with the new season. Fans around the world are going to be blown away. This is ‘La Reina del Sur’ reloaded!”
Based on author and journalist Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s international bestseller, “La Reina del Sur” premiered in 2011 as an instant hit with audiences beyond the Spanish-language market. Season One finale outperformed all English and Spanish–language programming in its time slot. Still the highest rated series in Telemundo’s history, its success launched the network’s Super Series™ franchise. One of the most influential television dramas of its kind, the series inspired the hit English-language version “Queen of the South,” premiering its fourth season on the USA Network in 2019.
Joining del Castillo are Raoul Bova as Francesco Belmondo (Lupo); Isabella Sierra as Sofía Dantes; Humberto Zurita as Epifanio Vargas; Kika Edgar as Genoveva Alcala; Mark Tacher as Alejandro Alcala; Flavio Medina as Zurdo Villa; Paola Nuñez as Manuela (Kira); Eric Roberts as Erick Sheldon; Tiago Correa as Jonathan Peres; Patricia Reyes Spíndola as Carmen Martínez; Luisa Gavasa as Cayetana Segovia; Eduardo Santamarina as Mariano Bravo; Eduardo Yánez as Antonio Alcala; Aitor Luna as Pedro; and Alex Speitzer as Ray Dávila.
Returning characters include Antonio Gil as Oleg Yosikov; Carmen Navarro as Conejo; Alejandro Calva as Batman Guemes; Christian Tappan as Willy Rangel; Cuca Escribano as Sheila; Eduardo Velasco as Abdelkaer Chaid; Abdelali el Aziz as Ahmed; Lincoln Palomeque as Sánchez Godoy; Miguel Angel Blanco as Siso Pernas; Juan José Arjona as Pablo Flores; Quique Sanmartín as Telmo; Carlos Aguilar as Benxamin; and Miguel de Miguel as Teo.
New characters for this new season are Sara Vidorreta as Rocío Aljarafe; Agata Clares as Paloma Aljarafe; Emannuel Orenday as Danilo Márquez; Carmen Flores Sandoval as Charo; Maria Camila Giraldo as Jimena Montes; Vera Mercado as Virginia Vargas; Norma Angélica as Morgana; Eduardo Pérez as Sergio; Pol Monem as Juanito; Dmitry Anisimov as Anton; Aroha Hafez as Triana; Jesús Castro as Jesús; Anna Ciochetti as Marietta Lancaster and Roberto Abraham Wohlmuth as Lencho.
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 (“La Reina del Sur,” S1, “El Señor de los Cielos” S1 and S2) as Executive Producer and Rodrigo Guerrero as Executive Producer for AG Studios. Telemundo has the exclusive rights in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and Netflix has the exclusive SVOD rights for the rest of the world.