Adriana Barraza (Babel) has landed a starring role in USA Network’s drama pilot Queen Of The South, an English-language adaptation of Telemundo’s blockbuster 2011 telenovela La Reina del Sur. Based on the best-selling book by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Queen Of The South centers on Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), who’s forced to go on the run when her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico. Barraza, repped by Innovative and DePaz Management, will play Camilla, the lioness ex-wife of a powerful drug lord who is establishing her own empire in America. She quickly becomes a mother figure to Teresa (Braga), but their relationship escalates into a battle of wills that will leave more than a few bodies in its wake. Barraza, an Oscar nominee for her supporting turn in 2006’s Babel, most recently was seen in Guillermo del Toro’s FX series The Strain and the feature Cake. Other film credits include Amores Perros, Thor, Drag Me To Hell and The 33.
Gentry White has booked a heavily recurring role in the second season of AMC’s Revolutionary War drama Turn: Washington Spies. Written by Craig Silverstein, based on the book Washington’s Spies and directed by Rupert Wyatt, Turn is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence. Whites, repped by Gallagher Stewart Agency and Luber Roklin, will play Billy Lee, a young slave from Virginia, George Washington’s right-hand man (at age 17), household servant and valet. Educated by Washington, Billy is forever by his side. White recently guest-starred in DirecTV’s Kingdom and next will be seen in Furious 7.