NEW AMC STUDIOS AND MOVISTAR+ LIMITED SERIES "LA FORTUNA" CASTS ACADEMY AWARD(R)-NOMINEE STANLEY TUCCI
Six-Part Adventure Thriller from Academy Award(R)-Winner Alejandro Amenábar Also Stars Spanish Actors Álvaro Mel and Ana Polvorosa
New York, NY - July 29, 2020 - AMC Studios and Movistar+, the pay TV division of Spain's Telefonica, in collaboration with MOD Pictures, announced today that Academy Award(R)-nominee Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, Big Night, The Devil Wears Prada) has been cast in Alejandro Amenábar's newly titled original limited series "La Fortuna." The six-part adventure thriller also stars Spanish actors Álvaro Mel and Ana Polvorosa. The series will premiere in 2021 on AMC in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Movistar+ in Spain.
Inspired by the popular Spanish graphic novel "El Tesoro del Cisne Negro" ("The Treasure of the Black Swan") by Paco Roca and Guillermo Corral, the six-part limited series stars Stanley Tucci as treasure hunter Frank Wild, Álvaro Mel, who plays inexperienced diplomat Alex Ventura, and Ana Polvorosa, as Alex's colleague in work and adventure, Lucia. Additional casting includes Clarke Peters ("The Wire"), as attorney Jonas Pierce, and T'Nia Miller ("Years & Years"), as attorney Susan McLean. Rounding out the main cast are Karra Elejalde, Manolo Solo, Blanca Portillo and Pedro Casablanc.
"La Fortuna" is created by Academy Award(R)-winner Alejandro Amenábar (The Others, The Sea Inside) and co-written by Amenábar and Alejandro Hernandez. Amenábar is also slated to make his television directorial debut directing all six episodes.
Amenábar commented, "These days shooting a series such as this one is a big challenge that all our team takes on with enormous enthusiasm and responsibility. 'La Fortuna' is fundamentally about optimism and the will to fight. Alex Ventura's journey is also ours. We aim to fully succeed, but above all we hope to offer the audience a good dose of excitement and entertainment next year."
AMC Studios and Movistar+ will produce the series in collaboration with MOD Pictures. Production begins this week on location in Madrid, Cádiz, Zaragoza, Galicia and the Basque Country, and will move to North America in 2021.
Synopsis of the series
Alex Ventura, a young and inexperienced diplomat, unintentionally becomes the leader of a mission that will test all his convictions: to recover the sunken treasure stolen by Frank Wild, an adventurer who travels the world plundering items of common heritage from the depths of the sea. Forming a unique team with Lucía, a combative public official, and Jonas Pierce, a brilliant American lawyer passionate about old pirate tales, Alex sets out on the adventure of a lifetime, discovering the importance of love, friendship and commitment to one's beliefs.
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ABOUT AMC STUDIOS
AMC Studios is the in-house studio, production and distribution operation for AMC Networks Inc. AMC Studios' first series, The Walking Dead, is the highest-rated series in cable history. Since then, AMC Studios has produced several critically acclaimed, award-winning and culturally distinctive originals for AMC including scripted series Fear the Walking Dead, The Terror anthology, Lodge49, NOS4A2, Dispatches From Elsewhere, and the upcoming Soulmates, 61st Street and Kevin Can F**k Himself, as well as unscripted series: Ride with Norman Reedus, James Cameron's Story Of Science Fiction, Eli Roth's History of Horror and Hip Hop: The Songs that Shook America. The Studio has also produced for SundanceTV the Peabody Award-winning Rectify, original series Hap and Leonard, as well as the unscripted true crime franchise including Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders and The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park.
ABOUT MOVISTAR+ (TELEFONICA)
Movistar+ is the leading provider of audiovisual entertainment in Spain. A Telefonica company, it offers viewers the very best premium content in Sports, Movies, Series, Documentaries and Entertainment. Movistar + continues to incorporate the best product and functionalities into its offer, and to expand its broad catalogue of content - all available on demand, allowing customers to enjoy TV on all devices, wherever and whenever they want. Quality television available for more than 4 million subscribing homes.
In September 2017, Movistar+ launched its original series production strategy, premiering a new fiction every month ('The Plague', 'Look What You've Done ', ' The Day of Tomorrow ', 'Giants', 'Madrid on Fire', 'The Pier', 'Hierro', 'Perfect Life', 'The Invisible Line', 'La Unidad', among others). In 2019, Movistar+ released its first original fiction film, "While at War", by Alejandro Amenábar. A content proposal that joins #0, a Movistar+ exclusive entertainment channel with original production, TV reports, large international formats, documentaries, series and comedy.