USA's 'Queen of the South' Adds 'Babel' Oscar Nominee

Adriana Barraza will co-star opposite Alice Braga in the pilot remake of the popular telenovela.
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Adriana Barraza

USA Network's Queen of the South is rounding out its cast.

The cabler's adaptation of best-selling novel La Reina Del Sur (aka The Queen of the South) has enlisted Babel supporting actress Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Brazilian actress Alice Braga, Elysium), who after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America. There, she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the same drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the next leader of the cartel.

Barraza will co-star as Camilla, the lioness ex-wife of a powerful drug lord who is now establishing her own empire in America. She quickly becomes a mother figure to Teresa, but their relationship escalates into a deadly battle of wills.

M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller (The Final Girls) will pen the script for the Fox 21 Television Studios pilot and executive produce alongside David Friendly (Little Miss Sunshine) and Pancho Mansfield (Damien).

Barraza's Babel performance also earned her Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. She most recently had an arc on FX's The Strain and starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in Cake.

She's repped by Innovative and DePaz Management.

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