Catherine Zeta Jones Set to Play Drug Kingpin Griselda Blanco in Lifetime Movie


Catherine Zeta Jones will play Colombian drug kingpin Griselda Blanco in Lifetime’s upcoming original movie "Cocaine Godmother."

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The movie, which goes into production this year, follows the complicated life of Blanco, a drug trafficker who was at the center of the Miami-based cocaine trade during the 1970s and early '80s. The murderous mother-of-four is suspected to be responsible for up to 200 killings, including the deaths of her lovers. Known for her violent ways, the Colombian-born cartel leader quickly earned the nicknames, Black Widow, La Madrina, and Godmother of Cocaine.

This is not the first time the Welsh actress has been chosen to play the role of a ruthless drug queen. Back in 2014, it was announced that Jones was going to star as Blanco in a biopic tittled, “The Godmother;” however, the film was never released. The mother-of-two also dabbed into another drug kingpin role in the 2000 film "Traffic," where her character is forced to take over her husband's drug business after he was incarcerated.

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Lifetime isn’t the only network trying to bring Blanco’s story to your TV screens. Back in August, HBO announced they had casted Jennifer Lopez to play the notorious drug lord for their upcoming movie “The Cocaine Godmother.”

Further casting information for "Cocaine Godmother" is yet to be annnounced. The movie will premiere in 2018 on Lifetime