May 9, 2017 – Sao Paulo, Brazil: Netflix’s newest original series O Mecanismo, commenced principal photography this weekend in Brazil. Created by José Padilha (Narcos, Elite Squad, Robocop) and Elena Soarez (Filhos do Carnaval, Eu tu Eles, Casa de Areia), O Mecanismo is a fictional drama series loosely inspired by the investigation about allegations of corruption of state and private owned oil and construction companies in Brazil.
Selton Mello (Ligações Perigosas, Meu nome nao e Johnny, O Palhaço) will play the role of a retired federal police deputy and Caroline Abras (Avenida Brasil, Se nada mais der certo, Perto de qualquer lugar) will play his mentee, an ambitious federal agent. The cast will also include Enrique Diaz (Justiça, Felices para Sempre?), Lee Taylor (A pedra do reino; Velho chico, Riocorrente), Antonio Saboia (The wolf behind the door; Fora da lei), Jonathan Haagensen (City of God, Noel, poeta da vila), Alessandra Colasanti (A verdadeira história da bailarina de vermelho), Leonardo Medeiros (Cabra-cega, Onde quer que você esteja), Otto Jr. (Malhacao, The silver cliff), Susana Ribeiro (O Dono do Mundo, Meu Bem Querer), among many others.
O Mecanismo will be directed by long time collaborators Jose Padilha, Marcos Prado (Elite Squad, Estamira, Artificial Paradises), Felipe Prado (Drift, Elite Squad). The series is produced by Zazen Productions for Netflix. Jose Padilha and Marcos Prado are Executive Producers.
Written by Elena Soarez with collaboration by Sofia Maldonado, the 8-episode series will be shot in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Brasilia and will debut globally and exclusively on Netflix in 2018.