Kate del Castillo was already a big star in Mexico when most Americans learned her name for the first time. In 2016, Rolling Stone announced that she and actor Sean Penn had conducted a secret interview with notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, just a day after the wanted man’s arrest.
And now she’s telling her life story.
Netflix announced Tuesday that it’ll debut the autobiographical series “The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story” on Oct. 20.
The three-part series stars del Castillo as herself as she explains the details surrounding her now infamous meeting with El Chapo and Penn. It’ll also talk about how the project itself got off the ground and why she sought the rights to El Chapo’s life story, which was the source of the meeting in the first place.
“As an actress I’ve been given the opportunity to portray fascinating fictional characters, roles I am very proud of. Now I get the chance to tell my story, my reality, my truth,” del Castillo said in a statement.
Netflix says the series will include never before seen footage and details from the meeting.
“I was extremely excited to delve into the craziest ‘life imitating art’ saga I’ve ever heard, a story wrapped around a core of complex social and political issues. I’m honored that Kate gave me the opportunity to tell her truth,” said David Broome, series creator and executive producer.
The series is produced by 25/7 Productions and Kate del Castillo Productions. Executive producers include Broome, del Castillo and Yong Yam. The director of the series is Carlos Armella.
Netflix had previously worked with Univision to co-produce the series “El Chapo” about Guzmán’s life. That premiered in April. Sony Pictures was in final negotiations to option the rights to the book “Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of The American Lawman Who Captures The World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord.” “Narcos” writer Chris Brancato is helping to develop “#Cartel,” a drama series based on El Chapo’s life for History.