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‘The Godmother,’ Film Starring Catherine Zeta Jones as Drug Lord Griselda Blanco, to Start Production

First Posted: Aug 16, 2015 08:40 AM EDT
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The cocaine wars in the '80s have been largely attributed to the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. But there was a woman on the scene as well, and her name was Griselda Blanco. According to Deadline, this new film will cover her story.

In real life, and what will be portrayed in the film, Blanco was one of the most feared players in the cocaine wars, and that eventually led to her incarceration.

Early life was a struggle for the young Blanco, who turned to prostitution as a way to survive in Colombia. She then married a man, whom she moved with to New York, and they established a cocaine business in the bustling world-class city.

She eventually rose to the top of the ranks within the drug smuggling industry and became a major player in the drug wars that erupted in the streets and warehouses of Miami in the early '80s. This of course led to her being one of the most feared people in the underground market, and she achieved a legendary status at the time.

But her reign as the "Godmother" of the cocaine industry came to a screeching halt when U.S. authorities finally caught up with her. She was tried and convicted in 1985 and would go on to serve 18 years in an American prison.

Upon her release in the early 21st century, she was deported back to Colombia, where she would eventually be murdered in 2012.

The film was originally slated to have Eva Sørhaug directing, but she backed out, and now Gerard Johnson sits at the helm of the project.

Alexa Demie has been brought in to portray Blanco in her younger years. Catherine Zeta Jones will star as the adult Blanco in the film.

The film project is not slated to start production until October in Puerto Rico. There has been no word yet as to when it will be released.

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