23 July 2024

Olivier Assayas’ Wasp Network Gets New Trailer

Olivier Assayas will always be known for his arthouse films, now he’ll be more global with Wasp Network. Ahead of it’s release on Netflix next week the streaming giants have released. The true story of the Cuban Five, the last soldiers of the Cold War.

If the the director or the cast doesn’t attract you to this film, what will. The film stars Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez, Gaël Garcia Bernal, Ana De Armas, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Wagner Moura.

The film is based on Fernando Morais’ book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War: The Story of the Cuban Five. Tells the story of an Cuban pilot who leaves his wife and child to defect to USA. However to spy for Fidel Castro, he’s joined by fellow exiles to form the Wasp Network. This is their story

René González (Edgar Ramírez) is a Cuban pilot who leaves his wife (Penelope Cruz) and young daughter behind in the communist island nation to defect to the United States and begin a new life of freedom in the early 1990s. But René is not the upstart American striver he appears to be. Joining forces with a group of Cuban exiles in South Florida known as the Wasp Network — led by undercover operative Manuel Viramontez a.k.a. Gerardo Hernandez (Gaël García Bernal) — he becomes part of a pro-Castro spy ring tasked with observing and infiltrating Cuban-American terror groups intent upon attacking the socialist republic.

Based on the true story of The Cuban Five — intelligence officers including González who were arrested in Florida in September 1998 and later convicted of espionage and other illegal activities — Wasp Network is a gripping and stylish political thriller that wears many faces, bringing together a rogue’s gallery of Cuban nationals and Cuban-American exiles engaged in a complex and deeply nuanced battle of competing ideologies and shifting loyalties.

Wasp Network will be released on Netflix from 19th June.

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