Kate del Castillo’s Netflix Series Still on Track After El Chapo Frenzy, Says Ted Sarandos

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Kate del Castillo, the Mexican actress who was the mastermind behind Sean Penn’s interview with El Chapo, is still on track to become a Netflix star.

Long before news of the El Chapo scandal broke, del Castillo landed a main part in Netflix’s upcoming Spanish-language series “Ingobernable,” but following Penn’s secret meeting with the drug lord, fans and media-types wondered if the actress’s role would come into question.

On Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., when asked about Castillo’s current status in regards to “Ingobernable,” Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos firmly said plans remain in good standing.

“So far, so good,” Sarandos said. “It’s very complicated, but so far, so good.”

When prodded to elaborate on those “complications,” which perhaps indicate del Castillo’s potential legal troubles, Sarandos said, “We’ve been in constant contact with her,” adding that “as of this morning,” plans to begin production this year are still scheduled.

“It’s a telenovela within a telenovela. It’s a strange turn of events for sure,” Sarandos told a small group of reporters, including Variety, after his TCA executive session.

In “Ingobernable,” del Castillo — who has a huge, passionate following with more than 2.7 million Twitter followers — will play the wife of the president of Mexico. The series, which will shoot in Mexico, will be directed by José Luis García Agraz and Pedro Pablo Ibarra.

Less than one week ago, del Castillo broke her silence following the Sean Penn/El Chapo media firestorm, tweeting: “Thank you for your support over the past few days. Not surprisingly, many have chosen to make up items they think will make good stories and that aren’t truthful. I look forward to sharing my story with you.”

The telenovela star, who’s been trying to make a big career push in America, recently had an arc on the CW’s “Jane the Virgin” and also appeared in an episode od Eva Longoria’s NBC comedy “Telenovela” just this week. As for arranging the El Chapo meeting, del Castillo has aggressively been pursuing biopic rights to his life story with the intent of producing a movie herself.

Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.

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