'High Seas': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, and everything you need to know about the Netflix Spanish murder mystery

'High Seas': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, and everything you need to know about the Netflix Spanish murder mystery

In the last one year, Netflix has really come through with its originals in languages other than English, and joining the list of such spectacular shows will be 'High Seas' — a Spanish mystery thriller with the grandeur of The Titanic and the edge of a sinister murder gone wrong. Revolving around two sisters nestled in the lap of glory, the show will follow their voyage as they unravel disturbing family secrets after a string of mysterious deaths occurs on the luxury ship traveling from Spain to Brazil in the 1940s.


Set in the 40s, 'High Seas' deals with the mysterious murder of an unknown woman that happened quite literally on the high seas, in a ship called the Bárbara de Braganza, which has just departed for Rio de Janeiro. Traveling in the ship are our protagonists, two sisters, Carolina (Alejandra Onieva) and Eva (Ivana Baquero), who — even though inseparable — couldn't be more opposite. The two come across a handsome officer, Nicolás Sala (Jon Kortajarena), who takes a keenness to one of the sisters, as the other one's fiance starts giving off quite the suspicious vibes once the murder happens onboard. The official synopsis reveals "All its passengers travel with a goal and with more than one mystery. And everyone will suffer the odd swell," which is the perfect setting for a grisly murder mystery to take place in.

Release date

The Netflix Spanish murder mystery is set to arrive on the streaming platform, globally, on May 24.


Jon Kortajarena

Jon Kortajarena attends the Balmain Homme Menswear Fall/Winter 2019-2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 18, 2019 in Paris, France. (Getty Images)

The handsome hunk soared to popularity with his Instagram page and soon started going big covers like Just Cavalli, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Bally, Etro, Trussardi, Diesel, Mangano, Lagerfeld, Pepe Jeans but notably H&M, Zara, Guess and Tom Ford. Back in June 2009, Forbes had also ranked Kortajarena eighth in The World's 10 Most Successful Male Models. And now is he onboard the 'High Seas' to play the character of the handsome officer on the ship who digs deeper into the heart of Eva, and also the murder mystery that has all the passengers on the ship struggling to make sense out of anything.

Ivana Baquero

Actress Ivana Baquero attends the Malaga Sur award ceremony during the 21th Malaga Film Festival at the Cervantes Theater on April 14, 2018, in Malaga, Spain. (Getty Images)

All of 24, the young actress was chosen at the age of 11 by director Guillermo del Toro to star as Ofelia in 'Pan's Labyrinth', for which she won critical acclaim and the Goya Award for Best New Actress. Fans might also know her from her role as Eretria in the series 'The Shannara Chronicles'. In 'High Seas', she plays the role of the seemingly smarter, even though not as extrovert sister, Eva, who steals the heart of the officer played by Kortajarena, thus getting roped into the case further.

Alejandra Onieva

Actress Alejandra Onieva attends 'Donna Karan Stories' new Fragrance party at Museo del Ferrocarril on September 18, 2018, in Madrid, Spain. (Getty Images)

The 26-year-old Spanish actress is known for her roles in 'Por un puñado de besos' (2014), 'Hazing' (2015) and 'Presunto culpable' (2018). She plays the role of the vivacious sister Carolina, whose fiance definitely has to do more with the mysterious murder on the luxury ship than he's letting on.


Ramón Campos and Gema R. Neira are helming the project based on a script from Campos and Neira, along with Daniel Martín Serrano, Curro Novallas and José Antonio Valverde. The series will be directed by Carlos Sedes who will be also Executive Producer with Teresa Fernández Valdés and Campos, who are coming together once again after their successful shows like Las chicas del cable and Fariña.

Campos, the executive producer, said, "We are very happy to collaborate again with Netflix in what is already our third project together. 'High Seas' allows us to return to the genre of mystery in a wonderful environment. We have the best team headed by the director Carlos Sedes and Jacobo Martínez as cinematographer, both of them responsible for some of our greatest successes: Gran Hotel, Velvet or Las chicas del cable".



The trailer for 'High Seas' came out on May 5 and don't let its beginning note of a journey like the 1997 superhit 'Titanic' fool you. The trailer talks about the passengers assuming this was going to be their happiest of journeys ever, is a clear reminder of the tale about the fortunate ship that crashed into an iceberg and sank on its very maiden voyage; quite similarly, even though there's no iceberg to crush the passengers, there's a mysterious murder on the ship that crushes the rest of their happiness on the journey as the trailer starts busing characters as darker than they are letting on, and shows Kortajarena's officer onboard to be a bit too much of a helping hand to be trusted in these times. With thrill and suspense rife in the video, it sure does make for a captivating watch — one that will only make viewers more interested in figuring who's the murderer on the ship!

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