The Queen of the South made it to South Florida.
Alice Braga, who plays the title role in the upcoming USA Network series Queen of the South, showed up to a red carpet at the Regal South Beach Cinema Wednesday evening, for the opening night of the Hispanicize Film Showcase. Braga is Teresa Mendoza, a Mexican woman forced to seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend is murdered. She eventually falls in love with “El Guero,” a bad-boy heartthrob (Jon Ecker) and follows him into the world of Mexican drug cartels, and gains a powerful reputation.
Airing this summer, The Queen of the South is based on a novel called La Reina Del Sur, written by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. The book inspired the Telemundo miniseries of the same name, in which Kate del Castillo (recently of El Chapo fame) played Mendoza.
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“The writers decided to do a completely different journey than the book and the telenovela,” said Braga, best known to U.S. audiences for her role in the 2007 zombie flick I Am Legend. “My journey [as Mendoza] is different, but I tried to use the core of the book to portray the woman and human being she is.”
Braga was also doing the VIP thing at Mokai, as per social media.