“El Comandante”: Life of Hugo Chavez on TV

The life of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will be televised in the series “El Comandante” being prepared by the Latin American unit of Sony Pictures Television, Variety magazine reported Monday in its Latino edition.

The life of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will be televised in the series “El Comandante” being prepared by the Latin American unit of Sony Pictures Television, Variety magazine reported Monday in its Latino edition.

News of the series surfaced last week when Colombian actor Andres Parra posted on Twitter a promotional image of the series in which he appears as Chavez with the phrase “The power of passion and the passion for power.”

Variety Latino revealed on Monday more details about the upcoming TV series planned to have 60 episodes of 60 minutes each.

“This is our most ambitious series on many levels: in terms of budget, locations, a cast of approximately 600 and the dramatization of 30 important events in the life of Chavez,” said Angelica Guerra, senior VP and general director of production for Latin America and U.S. Hispanics at Sony Pictures Television.

The shoot of “El Comandante” will kick off this summer and the series will include both fictional interpretations and documentary footage.

Guerra also said the series will be a hybrid of the telenovela format and the style of U.S. television dramas.

Andres Parra, who will play the late Venezuelan president, will star in a series that will highlight Chavez’s humble origins and his controversial rise to power.

The Colombian actor gained fame in the role of drug trafficking kingpin Pablo Escobar in the series “Pablo Escobar, el Patron del Mal.”

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