Kate del Castillo was looking to break into America as star of Netflix’s upcoming Spanish-language series Ingobernable. But the popular Mexican actress became a household name in the US sooner under rather controversial circumstances as she emerged as a major player in the El Chapo saga, culminating with the arrest of the Mexican drug lord, that also involved Hollywood star Sean Penn.
Asked about Castillo’s status on Ingobernable, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos on Sunday said, “So far, so good, adding “It’s very complicated, but so far, so good.”
When he was asked to elaborate, Sarandos noted that “we’ve been in constant contact with her,” adding that production plans were still on track “as of this morning.”
In a conversation with Deadline later in the morning, Sarandos sounded optimistic that “things would work out,” calling the situation “soap opera within a soap opera.”
Telenovela star del Castillo, who did an arc on the CW’s Jane the Virgin, is set for the lead in Ingobernable, playing Irene Urzua, the wife of Mexico’s president. A woman with a strong personality, conviction and clear ideas, Urzua is capable of “creating a president, leaving a president and killing a president,” Netflix said in announcing the series.