Game Of Thrones star Pedro Pascal has been cast in a new drama series about notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.

The Chilean actor will portray Mexican Drug Enforcement Agency (Dea) officer Javier Pena, who embarked on a real-life mission to Colombia to capture and kill the cocaine kingpin.

Escobar will be played by Elysium actor Wagner Moura in Narcos.

The casting is good news for Pascal - his Game of Thrones character Oberyn Martell was killed off in bloody fashion in season four's The Mountain and the Viper episode, which aired in the U.S. last weekend (01Jun14).

Narcos is slated to premiere on online streaming service Netflix next year (15), reports Deadline.com.