Catherine Zeta-Jones to play Colombian drug kingpin
Catherine Zeta-Jones has signed up to play Griselda Blanco in a new biopic about the Colombian drug kingpin.
Blanco is the first and only woman to have risen to the top of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel and was regarded as a fearsome operator, reportedly ordering hundreds of assasinations in the 1970s and 1980s to keep the cartel's power.
Her ruthless nature, which was shown in the acclaimed documentary Cocaine Cowboys, was so notorious that she earned the nicknames La Madrina, Black Widow and the Cocaine Godmother. She eventually served 18 years in prison before being released in 2004. She was deported back to Colombia, where she was killed in a motorcycle drive-by assassination in 2012.
The biopic, which is to be titled The Godmother, will be directed by Norway's Eva Sørhaug, with a script from Frank Baldwin, reports Deadline.
Zeta-Jones' most recent onsceen appearance was in action sequel RED 2, where she starred alongside Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman.