EXCLUSIVE: Cuban actress Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049, War Dogs) is set to co-star in Olivier Assayas’ Wasp Network, the spy drama based on Fernando Morais’ book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War. De Armas joins previously announced cast members Edgar Ramírez, Penélope Cruz, Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura and Gael García Bernal.
The film, which will go before cameras in Havana at the end of this month, tells the true story of Cuban spies in American territory during the 1990s, revealing the tentacles of a Florida-based terrorist network with ramifications in Central America and with the consent of the U.S. government.
Rodrigo Teixeira of RT Features, the production company behind Call Me By Your Name, and CG Cinema’s Charles Gillibert are producing the project. Exec producers are RT’s Lourenço Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas.
Orange Studios is handling international rights, while CAA Media Finance is managing U.S. rights.
De Armas’ upcoming slate includes Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, opposite Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield and Michael Shannon; Universal/Working Title’s untitled Danny Boyle romantic comedy with Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Himesh Patel, and Ed Sheeran; as well as The Night Clerk with Tye Sheridan and Helen Hunt.
She’s repped by CAA, Impression Entertainment and Grubman, Shire, Meiselas & Sacks.
RT is re-teaming with Call Me By Your Name helmer Luca Guadagnino on Blood on the Tracks, a film based on Bob Dylan’s 1975 Album written by Richard LaGravenese, and recently wrapped principal photography on Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse, the follow-up to The Witch that stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.