Steven Soderbergh returns to Netflix for the second time in 2019 following his excellent High Flying Bird. This time he has assembled a dynamite cast including Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Antonio Banderas to tell an ostensibly true story — based on “some real ****”, according to The Laundromat trailer — about financial loopholes and heavily-accented sleazeballs. Due for release in select theatres on September 27th and available globally on Netflix from October 18th, The Laundromat looks to be Soderbergh in very Soberbergh territory.
The Laundromat Trailer:
From the press release:
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.
The Laundromat Key Art:
The Laundromat Cast & Crew:
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Produced by: Lawrence Grey, Gregory Jacobs, Michael Sugar, Scott Z. Burns
Executive Producers: Michael Polaire, Douglas Urbanski, Ben Everard, Michael Bloom, Adam Pincus, Jake Bernstein
Written by: Scott Z. Burns
Based on “Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite” by Jake Bernstein
Cast: Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, 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
The Laundromat Release Details:
The Laundromat will have a platform release starting September 27 in Los Angeles, New York, and the UK, additional engagements in U.S. and international cities will rollout October 4 and October 11. The film will be released globally on Netflix on October 18 with an expanded theatrical release in the U.S. and international markets.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.