Seven jobs lie between a masterful group of thieves and their $7 billion payday in the upcoming Netflix heist drama
Anticipation for Netflix’s upcoming crime heist anthology Kaleidoscope has been mounting as more details about the series are released ahead of its New Year’s Day premiere. Besides an ensemble cast with Giancarlo Esposito leading the heist and show, the eight-episode series features a one-of-a-kind viewing experience for audiences with a story that deviates from traditional storytelling. Part of what’s fueled a growing interest in Kaleidoscope is the fact the series can be watched in a non-linear order that still ties back to the finale episode “White: The Heist”. Viewers can begin at any episode – outside the finale, which is the same for everyone – with Netflix handing out the additional episodes in randomized order. With less than a week until the series premiere, a new teaser has been released giving viewers a first look into the intricacies and the high stakes involved in the 25-year-long bank heist.
The minute-long teaser features a voiceover from Esposito’s character Leo Pap who is the mastermind behind the elaborate heist plot. He details the first of seven jobs needed to successfully execute the bank robbery, which includes cloning a code from an armored truck. He carefully emphasizes that without completion of job one, “there is no job two.” As one of the heist members races against time to copy the code before he is spotted, Esposito’s foreboding words, “If anyone clocks us…bang; we’re dead,” ends the trailer, leaving tensions high as the stakes are laid out for the group of thieves.
Kaleidoscope Is (Loosely) Based On Real Life Events
Eric Garcia’s Kaleidoscope is more than your average bank heist television show. The departure from a chronological storyline already creates a personalized viewing experience for audiences, creating a variety of interpretations and viewpoints through the multiple ways the anthology can be watched. Kaleidoscope takes place over 25 years, centering around the largest heist ever attempted on the United States’ most guarded bank. Professional criminal and mastermind Leo Pap (Giancarlo Esposito) invites a selected group of small-time thieves to participate in the grandiose heist with a payoff of $7 billion. Vengeance, secrets, scheming, and tests of loyalty envelop the team as they work to break into the highly guarded, unbreakable vault without getting caught by the bank’s specially-trained corporate security or the FBI. According to Garcia, the series creator, Kaleidoscope is loosely inspired by the real story where $70 billion in bonds went missing in downtown Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
“It’s loosely based on something that might have happened,” Garcia told Netflix Tudum when discussing the series’ plot. “After Hurricane Sandy, $70 billion worth of bonds got flooded in the basement of the DTCC, which is a large clearing effort that’s owned by a bunch of the big banks. To my mind, I was like, ‘Well, that’s a perfect coverup for a heist!’”
The bank heist thriller features a heavy-hitting ensemble cast including Paz Vega, Rufus Sewell, Ava Mercer, Tati Gabrielle, Rosaline Elbay, Peter Mark Kendall, Jai Courtney, Niousha Noor, and Max Castello. Garcia doubles as executive producer alongside Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Jordan Sheehan, Fred Berger, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Justin Levy, and Russell Fine. The series was shot in Netflix’s new state-of-the-art studio in New York called Bushwick Studio.
Check out the trailer for Kaleidoscope before the series premiere on January 1st!