Netflix have released the Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat. Starring Meryl Streep as the journalist on a trail linking to the Panama Papers Scandal. Journalism versus the rich and powerful.
Streep plays Ellen Martin, a journalist investigating a fake insurance policy. Her trail takes her to a Panama City Law firm (Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas as the lawyers), running an off-shore tax scheme making billionaires.
When The Panama Papers Scandal hit the news, it opened a terrifying can of worms. Everyone from Royalty to politicians to celebrities from film, music and sports. It was a worldwide scandal as the rich get richer everyone else pays for it. From David Cameron’s father to Simon Cowell, Lionel Messi to Kevin Keegan, the list was endless, Many people involved in supporting Austerity programmes.
Oscar contender? Probably…
When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin (Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a Panama City law firm and its vested interest in helping the world’s wealthiest citizens amass even larger fortunes. The charming — and very well-dressed — founding partners Jürgen Mossack (Academy Award winner Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Golden Globe nominee Antonio Banderas) are experts in the seductive ways shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich and powerful prosper. They are about to show us that Ellen’s predicament only hints at the tax evasion, bribery and other illicit absurdities that the super wealthy indulge in to support the world’s corrupt financial system.
Zipping through a kaleidoscope of comic detours in China, Mexico, Africa (via Los Angeles) and the Caribbean en route to 2016’s Panama Papers publication — where journalists revealed the secret, leaked documents of Mossack Fonseca’s high-profile patrons — THE LAUNDROMAT is directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike, High Flying Bird) with a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns (The Informant!, The Report), adapted from “Secrecy World” by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Jake Bernstein. The film is produced by Lawrence Grey, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Sugar and Burns
The cast also includes Jeffrey Wright, Melissa Rauch, Jeff Michalski, Jane Morris, Robert Patrick, David Schwimmer, Cristela Alonzo, Larry Clarke, Will Forte, Chris Parnell, Nonso Anozie, Larry Wilmore, Jessica Allain, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Matthias Schoenaerts, Rosalind Chao, Kunjue Li, Ming Lo, with James Cromwell and Sharon Stone.
The Laundromat will launch in select UK cinemas on 27th September and on Netflix 18th October.