"Agent Peña, how much do you know about the Cali Cartel?" In a post-Pablo Escobar world, those final words spoken in the last season of the Netflix original series Narcos, foreshadow the upcoming season's pivot into the corrupt, powerful, and wildly profitable world of Colombia's Cali Cartel-the biggest drug lords you've probably never heard of. Netflix has released the first look at the Cali Cartel with five new photos and the official date announcement video for Narcos Season 3, premiering globally on Netflix on September 1.
Now that the bloody hunt for Pablo Escobar has ended, the DEA turns its attention to the richest drug trafficking organization in the world: the Cali Cartel. Led by four powerful godfathers, this cartel operates much differently than Escobar's, preferring to bribe government officials and keep its violent actions out of the headlines. The Kings of the Cali Cartel are Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela (Damian Alcazar), leader of Cali Cartel, "boss of bosses," Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela (Francisco Denis), the brains behind the rise of the of Cali Cartel and Gilberto's brother, Pacho Herrera (Alberto Ammann), the on-the-low hitman who runs the Mexican connection and international distribution and Chepe Santacruz Londono (Pepe Rapazote), who runs the satellite NYC empire of the Colombian drug network.
Just as Gilberto announces a bold plan to walk away from the business, DEA agent Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) enlists the help of American and Colombian law enforcement to take it down. This season opens up a complex and ruthless world of new figures. Other new players include Jorge Salcedo (Matias Varela), Cali's head of security who prioritizes his wife and kids' protection over his bosses and DEA agents Chris Feistl (Michael Stahl-David) and Daniel Van Ness (Matt Whelan), who enter the operation with enthusiasm and inexperience.
The new cast of characters is rounded out by Franklin Jurado (Miguel Angel Silvestre), the cartel's money launderer who unknowingly puts his wife, Christina (Kerry Bishe) in mortal danger, and David Rodriguez (Arturo Castro), Miguel's oldest son, who is reluctant at first to take a leading role in the cartel structure. This time around, all rules have changed for the narcos and their opponents, a fact many won't realize until it's too late. Netflix renewed Narcos last year for both Season 3 and Season 4, the later of which will likely arrive sometime next fall on the Netflix streaming service.
Other new characters coming aboard this season are Curtiss Cook as Gilbert Mills, Andrea Londo as Maria, described as "a young and beautiful former Colombian beauty queen who is clever and knows how to survive", and Nicholas Gonzalez as Lopez, a capable and experienced American DEA agent. José Padilha (Elite Squad, RoboCop) and Eric Newman (Children of Men) continue to serve as executive producers of the series. Narcos is produced by Gaumont International Television for Netflix. Take a look at the first trailer and photos for Narcos Season 3.