'Wasp Network': Release date, cast, plot, trailer and all you need to know about Netflix's thriller drama starring Penelope Cruz
The film debuted at the Venice Film Festival in 2019 and is based on Fernando Morais' book, 'The Last Soldiers on the Cold War' that follows the lives of Cuban spies in American territory in the '90s
A barrage of foreign thrillers are set to hit Netflix in June and one of the much-anticipated films of the lot is the Penelope Cruz starrer 'Wasp Network'. Written and directed by Olivier Assayas, the film debuted at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2019, and is based on Fernando Morais' book, 'The Last Soldiers on the Cold War', that follows the lives of Cuban spies in American territory in the '90s. According to Variety, the film drops on Netflix across the world except for China, Eastern Europe, Greece, Portugal, the Middle East, and France.
'Wasp Network' releases June 19 on Netflix.
The movie is based on a true story of the Cuban Five. A team of intelligence officers rounded up an arrested in Florida in the '90s. They were convicted of espionage. 'Wasp Network' follows René González (Edgar Ramirez), a Cuban pilot who leaves his wife, Olga Gonzalez (Penélope Cruz) and daughter to begin a new life in Miami. He joins hands with a group of Cuban exiles known as the Wasp Network and becomes part of the spy team who work on gathering intel and infiltrating Cuban-American organizations against Fidel Castro.
Edgar Ramirez as René González
The Venezuelan actor and Emmy nominee is remembered for his roles in 'Bourne Ultimatum' were he played Paz, a CIA assassin. He is also known for playing Larry in 'Zero Dark Thirty.' As far as his work in television goes, Ramirez is renowned for playing Gianni Versace in 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' on FX in 2018.
Penélope Cruz as Olga Gonzalez
The 46-year-old Spanish actor and model needs no introduction. She is best known for her lead roles in the 'Vanilla Sky' and 'All the Pretty Horses'. Cruz also starred in blockbusters such as 'Sahara' (2005) and 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' (2011). She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role as Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace in the FX series, 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story'.
Gael García Bernal as Gerardo Hernandez
García Bernal stole the scenes in 'Bad Education'. His other works include, 'The Motorcycle Diaries', 'Coco' and 'Mozart in the Jungle'.
Ana de Armas as Ana Margarita Martinez
The 'Knives Out' star was cast in 'Knock Knock' — the 2015 mystery drama alongside Keanu Reeves. And it is safe to say that the film opened the door of opportunities for her. She followed it up with 'War Dogs', played Ryan Gosling's AI hologram girlfriend in 'Blade Runner 2049', and a nurse in the critically-acclaimed 'Knives Out'. Add to this a string of Spanish films, and Armas has quite an impressive resume. And lest we forget, she is also playing Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde'.
The film is written and helmed by Olivier Assayas, who is known for 'Summer Hours' (2008). Charles Gillibert Rodrigo Teixeira serves as the producers.
Soon after its premiere in the Venice Film Festival, Variety’s Jay Weissberg called the movie “an enjoyable watch” and praised the cast, saying, “it leaves viewers gratified by the filmmaking bravura and the sheer pleasure of watching this superb cast in top form, but also feeling shortchanged.”
Watch this space for more updates on 'Wasp Network'.
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