Narcos: Mexico Renewed for Third Season, Diego Luna Not Returning
Netflix has renewed Narcos: Mexico for a third season with a new showrunner, series so-creator Carlo Bernard, and with series lead Diego Luna not returning for the new season, according to Deadline.
Bernard will be taking over showrunning duties from Eric Newman who is “stepping back after five seasons” but will continue to executive produce. Wagner Moura, who starred as Pablo Escobar in Narcos Seasons 1 and 2, will direct two episodes in Narcos: Mexico Season 3. Other Season 3 directors include Andrés Baiz, Alejandra Marquez, Luis Ortega, and Amat Escalante.
“I am grateful for my five years at the helm of Narcos and Narcos: Mexico and am immensely proud of what this spectacular team has achieved with these shows,” said Newman. “Carlo Bernard is the first person I ever spoke to about this project, over ten years ago, and I am extremely pleased to leave the steering of Season 3 of Narcos: Mexico in his very capable hands.”
The second season of the series ended with Luna’s drug cartel leader Félix Gallardo being sentenced to prison for drug trafficking. Luna will reprise his Rogue One character of Cassian Andor in Disney+’s upcoming Star Wars spinoff series that is currently in pre-production.
Set in the 90s, when the globalization of the drug business ignites, Season 3 examines the war that breaks out after Felix’s empire splinters. As newly independent cartels struggle to survive political upheaval and escalating violence, a new generation of Mexican kingpins emerge. But in this war, truth is the first casualty – and every arrest, murder, and take-down only pushes real victory further away.
Returning cast members include Scoot McNairy, José Maria Yazpik, Alberto Ammann, Alfonso Dosal, Mayra Hermosillo, Matt Letscher, Manuel Masalva, Alejandro Edda, and Gorka Lasaosa.
Narcos: Mexico is produced by Gaumont Television for Netflix. Eric Newman, José Padilha, Doug Miro, Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee, Nicolas Atlan, Andrés Baiz, and Carlo Bernard serve as executive producers.