Adriana Barraza Joins USA’s ‘Queen of the South’ Pilot

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“Babel” and “The Strain” actress Adriana Barazza will star in USA’s drama pilot “Queen of the South,” the network announced Tuesday.

She joins previously announced stars Alice Braga and Justina Machado in the show, which follows Teresa Mendoza (Braga) as she tries to escape to the United States from the Mexican drug cartel that murdered her boyfriend, and in the process positions herself to take over control of the cartel. The pilot is based on Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s bestselling novel “La Reina De Sur.”

Barazza will play Camilla, the ex-wife of a drug lord now establishing her own empire in the U.S. who initially becomes a mother figure to Teresa before their relationship becomes a deadly battle of wills. Barazza, who received Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for her supporting role in “Babel,” has also appeared in “Amores Perros,” “Thor” and “Drag Me to Hell,” she can next be seen opposite Jennifer Aniston in “Cake.”

Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, “Queen of the South” is exec produced by M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller, who wrote the pilot, as well as David Friendly and Pancho Mansfield.