Netflix on Wednesday announced the new cast of Berlin, the Spanish subtitled series that became a global hit among streamers. Money Heist.
Pedro Alonso, who played clever, hedonistic jewelry thief Andrés de Fonollosa aka Berlin in the original series, will reprise his role in the new prequel, which follows the thefts extraordinary set before the events of the original film.
Along with him, his new gang will include Michelle Jenner (Isabel) as Keila, an electronics expert; Tristan Ulloa (Farina) is Berlin’s confidant and philanthropist Damián; Begoña Vargas (Welcome to Eden) as Cameron is not stable; Julio Peña Fernandez (Through my window) as Roi devoted; and Joel Sánchez as Bruce, a non-stop action man.
Money Heist creators Esther Martínez Lobato and Álex Pina said the idea of the spin-off was to take Alonso’s character Berlin, the “sparkling personality” of the original. Money Heist, and place it in another universe. “We love the idea of introducing a new gang around Berlin in a completely different emotional state,” they said at a Netflix event in Madrid on Wednesday.
Lobato and Pina co-wrote the first, 8-episode season of Berlin with David Oliva and David Berrocal. Albert Pintó, David Barrocal and Geoffrey Cowper are directing.
Berlin will begin filming in Paris on October 3. Production will take place in Madrid and the French capital for several weeks.
Money Heist, an incredibly complex and zigzag bank robbery drama, was originally made as a two-part, 15-episode limited series for the Spanish commercial network Antena 3 in 2017. But when Netflix acquired the global rights, recut the 2 seasons into 22 shorter episodes, and released the show worldwide in December 2017, it became an unlikely global hit. Streamers have authorized the series for 3 more seasons. The show’s success, witnessed by some 180 million households worldwide, is credited with helping to popularize non-English-language TV series and prepare for future global hits such as Squid game.
In 2018, Netflix signed a global exclusivity master deal with Pina, one of the company’s first such deals with a non-English speaking creator.
In addition to the Berlin prequel, Netflix also produced a Korean version of Money Heist: Money Heist: Korea – Common Economic Area, fell this summer. Despite the lackluster response from critics, the series was rerun for a second season.