He is el que tocar. Or at least, after a few seasons, he will be.
Diego Trujillo stars as Walter White’s Colombian counterpart in Metástasis, an upcoming Spanish-language remake of Breaking Bad. The character’s name? Walter Blanco, naturally.
And that’s not the only literal translation the new show has in store: Instead of Jesse Pinkman, this Walter’s meth-cooking accomplice is named Jose Miguel Rosas (played by Robert Urbina). His wife’s name is Cielo (Sandra Reyes) — the Spanish word for “sky.” The cast is rounded out by Julian Arango as Henry Navarro, Walter’s narcotics agent brother-in-law.
“Breaking Bad is a fantastic series that wasn’t widely seen in Latin America, partly because cable doesn’t yet have full penetration in the region,” Sony Pictures Television senior VP Angelica Guerra tells The Hollywood Reporter. (Sony and Colombian producer Teleset have partnered on Metástasis.) “[But] there is a universality to the story and its characters that we recognized could work very well.”
The series’ first season has already been sold to major Latin American markets and Univision’s American UniMas network. According to THR, its first batch of episodes will stay true to Vince Gilligan’s hit drama — with a few minor changes. For example: “Motor homes are not popular in Colombia,” Guerra says, “so audiences will see Walter and Jose cooking up their first several batches of methamphetamine in an old, barely drivable school bus.”
At least the tighty-whities – apretados blancos? — made the cut. (Update: As a commenter points out, there does exist a Spanish term for tighty-whities – calzoncillos blancos. The more you know!)