The new production began shooting in Mexico City.
ViX, the leading Spanish-language streaming service in the world, announced its new original series El dentista (working title) in partnership with Movistar Plus+. The thriller series, based on a Julio Rojas’ novel The Foreign Visitor, has kicked off production in Mexico City and stars Academy Award nominee Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight, A Better Life, The Nun), Camila Sodi (Cualquier Parecido, Enfermo amor [Sick Love], Luis Miguel: la serie) and Alberto Amman (Narcos, Upon Entry, Presencias). El dentista is produced by Fábula, owned by Academy Award winners Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín.
“It is an immense joy for me to be part of this formidable group of actors and production team led by ViX and Fabula. Julio Rojas’ story is such a powerful material that we are all enjoying enormously,” said actor and executive producer Demián Bichir, adding “We hope people will love it too when they watch it.”
“El Dentista is a series that brings together a true dream team of talent both in front and behind the camera. Our first project with Fabula, in a great partnership with the Larrain brothers, is an intelligent and passionate thriller created and written by the renowned screenwriters Julio Rojas and Israel Adrian Caetano and starring the Academy Award nominee Demián Bichir. The gripping pace of the plot and the elegance of the staging make this series a show that will not leave ViX viewers indifferent,” said Rodrigo Mazón, Chief Content Officer ViX for TelevisaUnivision.
“Working alongside such brilliant teams as ViX and Fábula on a suspenseful thriller is an honor for us. We are sure that this series is going to delight us with the huge international run it has ahead of it,” said María Valenzuela, GM Movistar Plus+ International.
El dentista tells the story of Nolasco Black, a forensic dentist, who investigates the brutal murder of a prostitute. As he delves deeper into the case, memories of his own tragic loss resurface, fueling his determination to catch the killer. He soon discovers that the infamous Jack the Ripper has made his way to America and is continuing his reign of terror. With the help of the secretive Flammarion society, Nolasco sets out to stop Jack before he can strike again. Along the way, he finds an unexpected ally in Sofia, a brilliant chemist and member of the Flammarion society. As they work together to solve the case, Nolasco falls for Sofia. When Jack learns that Nolasco and his gang are on his trail, a game of death begins with devastating consequences.
“It is wonderful to bring the Latin American imaginary to the world, based on a period thriller which faces our Dentist against the greatest serial killer in history: Jack the Ripper. Veracruz’s historic harbor will be where this journey will be shot until the end of the year. We are delighted with the challenge and grateful to Vix for the opportunity,” said Juan de Dios Larraín, CEO of Fábula.
The cast also includes Dagoberto Gama, Ianis Guerrero, Roberto Sosa, Claudia Ramírez, Carlos Aragón, Lisa Owen and Natasha Dupeyrón. The series is executive produced by Demián Bichir, Ángela Poblete and Mariano Carranco and directed by Hari Sama along with Israel Adrián Caetano also serving as executive producer and writer.
The international sales of the series will be handled by Movistar Plus+ Internacional.