El Paso Times
'El Señor de los Cielos': New soap opera inspired by Juárez drug cartel kingpin
Lead actor Rafael Amaya plays Aurelio Casillas, a character inspired by Amado Carrillo Fuentes.
A new Telemundo telenovela inspired by the former leader of the Juárez drug cartel has hit the air.
"El Señor de los Cielos" (The Lord of the Skies) airs at 9 p.m. weekdays on Channel 48-KTDO. The series began last week.
The Spanish-language soap opera was inspired by the story of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who was the head of the Juárez drug cartel and was nicknamed the "Lord of the Skies" for his use of airplanes to smuggle drugs.
Amado Carrillo Fuentes died during plastic surgery in 1997. The Juárez drug cartel is now reputedly run by Amado's brother Vicente Carrillo Fuentes.
The TV series tells the story of a benevolent and violent drug lord named Aurelio Casillas, who becomes one of the most powerful men in Mexico in the 1990s and turns to high-risk plastic surgery to conceal his identity. Model-looking actor Rafael Amaya plays the main character completely with stylish cowboy boots and hat.
"This action-filled story is full of raw passion and emotions, untold luxury, suffering, intrigue and suspense," according to a Telemundo news release.
The telenovela was made by Telemundo Studios and began production in January. It was filmed in the Mexico City area and the central Mexican state of Morelos. Telemundo is a division of NBCUniversal. The series had planned for years.
The new series follows the success that Telemundo has had with other drug-lord inspired soaps such as "La Reina del Sur" (The Queen of the South) and "Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal," which told the story of the infamous Colombian kingpin.