Updated 04:24 PM EDT, Mon, Oct 19, 2020

Kate Del Castillo to Proceed with 'El Chapo' Movie

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When actress Kate Del Castillo helped Sean Penn and Rolling Stone Magazine arrange the interview with drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, she had plans of making a movie based on his life as the leader of one of the biggest criminal lords in Mexico.

However, instead of making money in the form of a film, she was instead accused of being in cahoots with El Chapo, and an investigation was filed against her.

Still, that did not stop the actress from going on with her original plans. Fox News Latino noted that the film is still in the works, even though this might mean legal trouble for the Mexican-born actress.

Del Castillo is going from one drug lord story to another. Previously starring as a drug cartel boss in a television series "La Reyna del Sur," her project about El Chapo's will follow his rise as the world's most notorious drug lord.

Mexico News Daily added that Harlan Braun, Del Castillo's attorney, also said that the film will be "done correctly because Joaquín Guzmán is part of Mexican history just as the Mafia has been part of the history of the United States." He also said that the treatment of the movie will be similar to other crime stories like "The Godfather," "Once Upon a Time in America," and "Black Mass."

Braun shared that so far there has been no sign of US officials investigating his client, although if they are looking into her links with the cartel leader, they won't be able to find anything to implicate her. In defense of his client, Braun explained to Spanish newspaper El Pais that Castillo merely wanted to speak with El Chapo to get some insights for the treatment of the film as well as to get to know the kingpin.

As for Del Castillo's involvement in the capture of El Chapo, Braun said that she did not appear to know of Penn's write-up for the Rolling Stone. He said, "She didn't know Penn was going to write for Rolling Stone. Would you meet with El Chapo and approve to have the interview for publication? After the interview, she had no choice about it. Once Penn and Guzmán agreed on the article, what was she going to do? She signed off after they had done so."

Despite the fact that Penn was the one who did the interview, he wasn't being sought out by officials for questioning, but Del Castillo is still willing to participate as she is not hiding anything. "We're not afraid of anything, because she didn't do anything to hurt anyone. She didn't do this to expose Mr. Guzmán," Braun said.

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