Trailer released for 'El Chapo' film: 'Chapo: The Escape of the Century'

By Andrew V. Pestano

MEXICO CITY, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The trailer for an upcoming film depicting the escape of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been released, showcasing scantily-clad women, explosions and insinuations of illicit government involvement.

The film -- Chapo: The Escape of the Century -- is set to premiere on Jan. 15 in select theaters in Mexico. The film is produced by Axel Uriegas and produced by Dragon Films México.


The poster for the film states the story was "Inspired by real events," also suggested in the film's tagline: "If it was fiction, you wouldn't believe it."

In the trailer, the Mexican army is mobilized in the high-profile manhunt for Guzman, who makes a visit to who appears to be a high-ranking Mexican government official. Tanks, assault rifles, planes, helicopters, drug smugglers, soldiers and explosions also appear in the trailer for the movie starring Irineo Alvarez, José Sefami and Pascacio López.

On July 11, Guzman escaped from a Mexican maximum security prison for the second time using a mile-long tunnel, which could have taken a year to build.


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"El Chapo" -- meaning "The Short One" or "shorty" -- so dubbed because of his 5-foot-6-inch frame, was captured in Guatemala in 1993 and then extradited to Mexico to face murder and drug trafficking charges. He escaped from prison in 2001 by hiding in a laundry cart after bribing prison guards, and was re-captured in February 2014.

Chapo: The Escape of the Century poster courtesy of Dragon Films México.

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