When it was announced months ago that the fourth season of Netflix's Narcos would star Michael Peña and Diego Luna, it immediately made sense. Peña's role as Luis in the Ant-Man franchise showed that he'd make a great comic foil for Diego Luna's brooding heroism (which was on full display in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Peña and Luna would make the perfect buddy cops, we thought, in place of Boyd Holbrook's Stephen Murphy and Pedro Pascal's Javier Peña.
But now that Netflix has offered its first official look into Narcos: Mexico, it turns out that the show's two top-billed stars won't be buddy cops: they'll be rivals.
Michael Peña is Kiki Camarena, a family man and an undercover DEA agent who garnered valuable intel through a series of informants around one of the biggest narcos in the history of Mexico and the founder of the modern Mexican drug trade, Félix Gallardo, and his newly minted Guadalajara cartel. And in this story, Diego Luna is Félix Gallardo.
Of course, you need only look at the real story of Kiki and "El Padrino" (as well as the November 1988 TIME Magazine cover) to see that things won't end well for Michael Peña; and that the season after could possibly explore the rise of the notorious El Chapo. But peep the official synopsis for Narcos: Mexico to get a better idea of what to expect from Netflix's next installment:
Shifting away from Colombia, where Narcos spent three seasons, Narcos: Mexico will explore the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, beginning at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers. Witness the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s as Félix Gallardo takes the helm, unifying traffickers in order to build an empire. When DEA agent Kiki Camarena moves his wife and young son from California to Guadalajara to take on a new post, he quickly learns that his assignment will be more challenging than he ever could have imagined. As Kiki garners intelligence on Félix and becomes more entangled in his mission, a tragic chain of events unfold, affecting the drug trade and the war against it for years to come.
So even as we must bid Escobar's beloved homeland farewell, there's a lot to look forward to. Sure, Peña and Luna aren't playing the buddy cop roles we figured them for, but these roles seem equally, if not more exciting.
Catch Narcos: Mexico when it premieres globally on Netflix in 2018.