Netflix has released a batch of images from Wasp Network, the upcoming spy thriller from director Olivier Assayas (Carlos, Personal Shopper). Inspired by Fernando Morais’ book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War, the film stars Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez, Gaël Garcia Bernal, Ana de Armas, Leonardo Sbaraglia, and Wagner Moura; take a look here…
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 arrives on Netflix on June 19th.