If you haven’t witnessed the “Liberace of Lucha Libre,” you’re about to. The upcoming Prime Video film Cassandro will immerse you in the story of the real-life wrestling icon.
The film stars Gael García Bernal as Saúl Armendáriz, a gay amateur wrestler from El Paso Texas. Armendáriz rose to international stardom after creating his wrestling character, Cassandro. In doing so, he upended both the macho wrestling world and his own life.
Check out the trailer for the movie below.
Cassandro draws on the wrestler’s true life story; Armendáriz himself served as a consultant on the film. The feature comes from Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams (Music By Prudence). He also wrote the film with executive producer David Teague.
“I was totally blown away by his story,” Williams told People. “For me as a storyteller, as a filmmaker, there’s just a moment where a story hits you and you know this is right.”
Williams previously worked exclusively in documentary features, but he felt drawn to Cassdandro’s story.
“He triumphed over an entire macho industry, and he did it as his authentic self,” Williams said of Armendáriz. “Learning to love yourself is a big theme in Cassandro and a big theme in the lives of all of us, but especially gay people, the LGBT+ community. So I was just so inspired by that story.”
In addition to Bernal, the film also stars Roberta Colindrez, Perla De La Rosa, Joaquín Cosío, and Raúl Castillo, with special appearances from El Hijo del Santo and Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio.
Cassandro premieres in select theaters September 15. After, it will premiere worldwide on Prime Video September 22.
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