Love a good heist thriller? Well, your next Netflix binge-session should feature La Casa de Papel, a Spanish show on the streaming platform — which is essentially a combination of Inside Man, Baby Driver, and Narcos.
The series premiered on Netflix on Christmas Day and has already amassed a huge following. La Casa de Papel, which literally translates to "House of Paper", goes by the international title Money Heist, and follows El Profesor, who brings together a group of very talented individuals with skills necessary to rob the Royal Mint of Spain. According to the professor's rules, the group is not allowed to know each other's real names or have relationships outside the "classroom" — but that's easier said than done.
The elite eight instead go by city names and include Tokio, played by Úrsula Corberó, Alba Flores as Nairobi, Rio (Miguel Herrán), Pedro Alonso as Berlin, "Siamese twins" Helsinki (Darko Peric) and Oslo (Roberto García Ruiz), Moscow, portrayed by Paco Tous, and his son Denver (Jaime Lorente). The professor is played by Álvaro Morte, whose ultimate test is facing off against hostage negotiator Raquel Murillo (Itziar Ituño).
The gang, in matching character masks and red jumpsuits, eventually raids the bank holding 35 workers, 11 security guards, and 15 students visiting from London hostage — and they remain secluded in the mint for 11 days as they attempt to print 2.4 billion euros. Oh, and did we forget to mention the squadron of police right outside the door? While we won't spoil if they are able to get away with the heist, fans are already asking when Season 2 will make its way onto Netflix.
The Season 2 release date is closer than you think!
We have good news and bad news when it comes to the more episodes of Casa de Papel. While there will definitely be a Season 2, viewers will have to wait until it premieres in Spain before it makes it way to Netflix again. Right now, it is expected to premiere overseas on May 1 — so if it follows the same rules as before, it should land on the streaming platform by December 2018. So think of it as an early Christmas present.
In the meantime, download the Casa de Papel theme song!
Need a fix for your heist withdrawals? Listening to "My Life Is Going On" by Cecilia Krull definitely helps. It's currently available to stream on Spotify and YouTube. Or you can watch any of our picks for best Spanish shows on Netflix, including Cable Girls or Love in Time of War (but warning, we wouldn't exactly describe these as "thrillers").