Emmy-nominated Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian, Godfather of Harlem) is primed to play another nefarious character in the upcoming heist drama series, Jigsaw, at Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Paz Vega (Rambo 5: Last Blood, Spanglish) and Rufus Sewell (A Knight’s Tale, The Illusionist) co-star in the series being executive produced by Ridley Scott (Raised by Wolves, Blade Runner).
Loosely based on real-life events, Jigsaw will follow Esposito’s Leo Pap mastermind a massive heist with numerous moving parts and accomplices, via The Hollywood Reporter. The story is pulled from one of the largest bank heists in history, which saw nearly $3B in bonds vanish from a Manhattan bank during Hurricane Sandy. Vega is loyal attorney Ava Mercer, while Sewell will play the reformed thief, Roger Salas, who now works in security.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the three leads are joined by Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard, Jolt), Rosaline Elbay (Ramy, Diamond Dust), Tati Gabrielle (Uncharted, The 100), Peter Mark Kendall (Ruok, The Scottish Play), and Niousha Noor (The Night, Nargess). Courtney will play Bob Goodwin, an alpha-minded safecracker, while Elbay portrays his wife, Judy, who specializes in demolitions. Gabrielle is Hannah Kim, an intelligent woman whose career in finance makes her prone to high crime. Kendall is Stan Loomis, a bumbling smuggler whose lack of smarts is bolstered by his loyalty. And Noor is FBI agent Naza Abassi whose only goal is to foil Pap’s plan.
The Hollywood Reporter details the show will be a first for Netflix as its story will follow a nonlinear format. Unlike the experimental viewer input of Black Mirror‘s “Bandersnatch,” Jigsaw will allow watchers to select the order of the episodes, presenting a different experience for each viewer. All options, however, will lead to the same conclusion. Spanning over a 24-year time period, the show will reveal several facets before and after the attempted heist. The format can be compared to Paramount+’s Interrogation, which lasted one season.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jigsaw is created by the showrunner, Eric Garcia (Repo Men, Matchstick Men), with a number of executive producers. Scott produces under Scott Free Productions along with David W. Zucker and Jordan Sheehan. Automatik Entertainment’s Fred Berger (Teen Spirit, Strange But True), Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Run Sweetheart Run, Grace), and Justin Levy (Treadstone, Teen Wolf) are also executive producers along with Russell Fine (Sherrybaby, O). RoboCop’s José Padilha will direct two of the eight episodes.
Jigsaw is currently in production at Netflix’s Bushwick facility, Netflix Studios: Brooklyn, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series is the first to be housed at the New York-based studio.