Jane the Virgin Will Incorporate El Chapo Into the Show Because He’s Basically a Walking Telenovela

Welcome, El Chapo! Photo: CW, Getty Images

Over the weekend, Rolling Stone published a secret interview by actor Sean Penn with the drug lord El Chapo — just after the kingpin himself had been recaptured by Mexican authorities after trying to make a documentary about his life. Bizarre celebrity connections? Exciting plot twists? Winks to genre? It's like we're watching Jane the Virgin! “I’m very interested in the Hollywood connection,” showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman told THR at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour on Sunday. “I feel like because it just happened yesterday, I’m still processing what it is and what [it] would mean in the Jane world and what that event was, but I feel like we’re going to have some specific reaction to that, certainly. Maybe some documentary, somebody interested in the villain of it all. That’s pretty funny.”

El Chapo had already been a source of inspiration for the current baddie on the show, Sin Rostro. "Before [El Chapo] escaped the second time, that was the inspiration," said Urman. "I had seen that article about the escape and about the tunnel system when they got him — that’s why we put the tunnels in the hotel for Sin Rostro, so he looms in our minds, certainly." The possibilities are endless: Sin Rostro and El Chapo could form a supervillain team, and Rogelio could have a standoff with El Chapo where they argue who the greater star is.