Alice Braga (I Am Legend), recently seen opposite Simon Pegg in the Kill Me Three Times, will topline the upcoming USA Network series Queen of the South. Based on the best seller La Reina Del Sur, the show received a 13-episode order.
The storyline centers on Teresa Mendoza (Braga), a woman who has sought refuge in the U.S. after her drug dealing boyfriend is murdered in Mexico. Teaming up with a figure from her past, Mendoza is determined to take down the head of the drug trafficking ring that also has her in their sights.
“From script to inception, ‘Queen of the South’ had us hooked,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. “Alice Braga does an outstanding job playing Teresa Mendoza, a determined woman who defies all odds, to not only survive, but to thrive in an unfamiliar world. The novel has been embraced around the globe, and the telenovela broke records — now we’re looking forward to sharing this unique version of her story on USA .”
Joshua John Miller (“The Final Girls“) and M.A. Fortin penned the pilot, which is being directed by Charlotte Sieling (a showrunner has yet to be announced).
The series is slated for a 2016 debut.