Netflix announced late last year that it had picked up a new “innovative” heist series based on a true story. Tati Gabrielle, Jai Courtney, Giancarlo Esposito, and Rufus Sewell have all been cast in the show, which is set to premiere on New Year’s Day 2023. Here’s everything we know so far about Netflix’s Kaleidoscope series. Here’s a rundown of what to expect from the series:
“The series spans 24 years and revolves around the largest heist ever attempted, as well as the vengeance, scheming, loyalties, and betrayals that surround it.” It’s loosely based on the true story of $70 billion in bonds going missing in downtown Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy.”
Who is the creator of Netflix’s Kaleidoscope?
On the project, Eric Garcia, who is best known for the television shows Matchstick Men, Repo Men, and Anonymous Rex, acts as creator, showrunner, and executive producer. Automatik Entertainment (Fred Berger, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and Justin Levy) and Scott Free Productions are the series’ producers (Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker and Jordan Sheehan). The following directors are associated with the programme:
The second episode and the pilot episode will be directed by José Padilha. His work as a creator, director, and executive producer of Netflix’s The Mechanism is what made him most famous.
Two of the show’s episodes will be directed by Everardo Gout (unconfirmed). Gout will next direct Netflix’s American Jesus Millarworld adaptation after directing Kaleidoscope.
Two episodes of the programme will also be directed by Mairzee Almas (unconfirmed). She worked on Netflix’s Shadow and Bone and Locke & Key in addition to The Sandman, of which she will direct episode 6.
Who has been cast in Netflix’s Kaleidoscope series?
Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad and The Boys) is Leo Papa aka The Mastermind – The Leader. Leo is whip-smart, intense, and driven, with an engineer’s mind and a meticulous eye for detail. He became a thief at a young age — and though he had a chance to get out, he couldn’t stay away from the criminal life and his relapse cost him his family and his freedom.
Paz Vega (Sex and Lucía, Spanglish) is Ava Mercer aka The Weapons Specialist – An attorney by day, she is equally at home on a gun range or gallery show as she is in the courtroom. Although she plays things fast and loose, deep down she’s a passionate soul who will do anything to protect the few people close to her.
Rufus Sewell (Dark City, will also appear in Netflix’s The Diplomat) as Roger Salas aka The Corporate Security Titan – A former thief who has reinvented himself as a top tier security expert, Roger is a salesman with an uncanny ability to manipulate people to his ends. Loyal, to a point, but his own ambitions and needs will win out every time.
Tati Gabrielle (The 100, CAOS) as Hannah Kim AKA The Protégé – Intelligent, ambitious, and adaptable, Hannah is a woman who wears many hats — and is driven by far more than money. As a chameleon who flows between the world of high-stakes finance and low-lying crime, she will have to use everything in her bag of tricks to find a way up and out.
Peter Mark Kendall (The Americans, Chicago Med) as Stan Loomis aka The Smuggler – A small-time smuggler with a big-time passion for life’s epicurean pleasures, Stan’s got a mouth that never stops running and the heart of a hopeless romantic. Loyal to a fault, he’s willing to risk it all for the object of his desire — even if it means giving up the comfortable life he’s built for himself.
Rosaline Elbay (Ramy) as Judy Goodwin aka The Explosive Expert – The crew’s demolitions specialist, Judy is headstrong and independent — an eccentric spitfire with a sarcastic edge who is clever and talented enough to stay a step ahead of her mistakes.
Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys, Divergent) as Bob Goodwin aka The Safecracker – A chest-puffing alpha male with a knack for safecracking and pushing people’s buttons, Bob is attractive enough to be a threat and smart enough to be dangerous to anyone who gets in his way when he’s on the hunt.
Jordan Mendoza (Human Resources, ZIWE) as RJ Acosta Jr aka The Driver – Shaggy and technical-minded, RJ is a self-taught engineer, a brilliant mechanic and car customizer, and a driver extraordinaire. While he excels in tech know-how, he lacks common sense and people skills, but his loyalty to Leo knows no bounds. When he’s invited to join the crew, he jumps at the chance to prove his worth.
Niousha Noor (#Persianize) as Nazan Abassi aka The Driven Agent “who is the raging fire that threatens to burn our crew of thieves down”.
Soojeong Son (Servant) as Liz Kim aka The Sister – Liz is Hannah’s younger sister, a free spirit and aspiring DJ/immersive dance captain. She’s a source of joy to Hannah, but her laissez-faire attitude conflicts with Hannah’s deep work ethic. Together, they’ll have to find a way to support each other and work hand-in-hand if they want to come out on top.
In addition to the actors on the original cast list, the following actors have now been added:
Hemky Madera (Spider-Man: Homecoming) as Carlos aka The Henchmen
Bubba Weiler as Agent Sameul Toby aka The Partner
Stacey Oristano (Bunheads) as Barbara Loomis
Whit Washing (Just Getting Started) as Ted Gough
Max Casella (Jackie) as Taco
Robinne Lee (Hitch) as Lily
James Augustus Lee (Ecclesiastes) as Cade
When will Kaleidoscope be available on Netflix?
On September 1st, 2021, the show’s filming started, and it was finished on March 16th, 2022. Throughout the first few months of 2022, we learned that the show was filming in and around Brooklyn from both eyewitnesses and local press sources. The Dix Hills Diner and the nearby Gold Coast Jewelry & Pawn on East Jericho Turnpike were taken over by the series, according to a January 2022 article in Huntington Now. As we previously noted, several witnesses saw the act being filmed and posted about it on social media. They observed the series being filmed in 28 Liberty Street, Fulton and Nostrand in Brooklyn, Midtown East, and the area near One Chase Manhatten Plaza.
We can confirm that Netflix will release Kaleidoscope on January 1st, 2023. Netflix has also released some behind-the-scenes footage from Kaleidoscope, providing us with a closer look at the exciting new series.