The trailer has dropped for The Laundromat, the next Netflix feature effort from filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Traffic, Erin Brockovich) following basketball drama High Flying Bird earlier this year. Yep, he sure works fast.
The film is based on the very real Panama Papers scandal, which saw a tonne of documents leaked to the media revealing over 200,00 offshore accounts. The accounts were connected to one law firm, who are represented in this film by conniving lawyers played by Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman. Streep plays a woman who finds herself on quite the path when she begins looking into a fake insurance policy.
This could easily be a tense thriller or a scathing drama, but it appears that Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, Contagion, upcoming Bond film No Time to Die) – who have adapted a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein – are going for more of a lighter, caper feel here. Looks like Banderas and Oldman will be breaking the fourth wall with narration, which is a great idea, and they seem to be having fun in their roles. The always-reliable Streep should of course be on point, and a big factor in this film’s award-grabbing potential.
The Laundromat, also starring Jeffrey Wright, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Cromwell, Sharon Stone, Alex Pettyfer and Will Forte, will be hitting select US cinemas on September 27 (to ensure that Oscar eligibility, of course) before hitting Netflix on October 18.
Official synopsis for The Laundromat:
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 with a cast that 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.