Money Heist (Spanish: La casa de papel; literally The Paper House) is a Spanish heist television series created by Álex Pina for Antena 3. The series is a limited series that aired for one season in two parts. It premiered on 2 May 2017 with two aired parts and an upcoming third part. The series stars Úrsula Corberó, Itziar Ituño, Álvaro Morte, Paco Tous, Pedro Alonso, and Alba Flores. On 25 December 2017, the first part premiered internationally on Netflix, though the part was re-edited into 13 episodes instead of the original number of nine episodes. Netflix released the second part of the season internationally on 6 April 2018 and re-edited the remaining six into nine episodes. On 18 April 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a third part which is expected to be released in 2019.
- 1 Premise
- 2 Production
- 2.1 Location
- 2.2 Music
- 3 Cast and characters
- 3.1 Main
- 3.2 Recurring
- 4 Episodes
- 5 Ratings
- 6 Netflix acquisition
- 7 Reception
- 8 Home media
- 9 References
- 10 External links
A mysterious man, who goes by the name of El Profesor (“The Professor”), is planning the biggest heist in history. In order to carry out the ambitious plan, he recruits a team of eight people with certain abilities who have nothing to lose. The goal is to enter the Royal Mint of Spain and print €2.4 billion. In order to do this, they need 11 days of seclusion, during which they will have to deal with elite police forces and 67 hostages.
CSIC headquarters, place of filming
Although the storyline is set at the Royal Mint of Spain, the series was filmed at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) headquarters, which bears a passing resemblance to the mint in Madrid.
The Italian anti-fascist song “Bella ciao” is sung multiple times throughout the series. The character Tokyo recounts in one of her narrations, “The life of the Professor revolved around a single idea: Resistance. His grandfather, who had fought against the fascists in Italy, taught him the song and he taught us.” The song is also played in other emblematic moments, such as when the thieves succeed in their escape out of the Mint—a metaphor for freedom.
Because of the popularity of the series, “Bella ciao”, a song interpreted by El Profesor and Berlin (two main characters from the series) charted in France debuting at number 5 in May 2018 on SNEP, the official French Singles Chart. A remixed version of the same song “Bella ciao (Hugel Remix)” featuring El Profesor had peaked in April 2018 at number 16 on SNEP as well as reaching number 2 on the German Singles Chart. Other charting versions of the song include those by The Bear reaching number 45 in France, Sound of Legend version reaching number 34, and Manu Pilas version reaching number 27. The rapper Rémy sampled on the song adding French rapping verses. This version reached number 66 on the French chart. On 18 May 2018, a completely revamped French version with new French-language lyrics keeping a few lines in Italian was released by Maître Gims, Vitaa, Dadju, Slimane and Naestro.
Cast and characters
- Úrsula Corberó as Silene Oliveira (Tokyo), the main protagonist and narrator, she was a runaway robber until scouted by the Professor to participate in his plan.
- Itziar Ituño as Raquel Murillo, a police inspector who is put in charge of the case.
- Álvaro Morte as Sergio Marquina (The Professor), the mastermind of the heist who assembled the team.
- Paco Tous as Agustín Ramos (Moscow), a former miner turned criminal and Denver’s father.
- Pedro Alonso as Andrés de Fonollosa (Berlin), a jewel thief and the Professor’s second-in-command.
- Alba Flores as Ágata Jiménez (Nairobi), an expert in forgery in charge of printing the money for the team.
- Miguel Herrán as Aníbal Cortés (Rio), a young hacker and Tokyo’s boyfriend.
- Jaime Lorente as Daniel Ramos (Denver), Moscow’s son who joins him in the heist.
- Esther Acebo as Mónica Gaztambide, one of the hostages who is Arturo Román’s secretary and mistress.
- Enrique Arce as Arturo Román, a hostage and the Director of the Royal Mint of Spain.
- María Pedraza as Alison Parker, a hostage and daughter of the British ambassador to Spain.
- Darko Peric as Yashin Dasáyev (Helsinki), a veteran Serbian soldier and Oslo’s cousin.
- Kiti Mánver as Mariví Fuentes, Raquel’s mother
- Roberto Garcia Ruiz as Radko Dragic (Oslo), a veteran Serbian soldier and Helsinki’s cousin.
- Anna Gras as Mercedes Colmenar, Alison’s teacher and one of the hostages.
- Fran Morcillo as Pablo Ruiz, Alison’s schoolmate and one of the hostages.
- Clara Alvarado as Ariadna Cascales, one of the hostages who work on the Mint.
- Fernando Soto as Ángel Rubio, a deputy inspector and Raquel’s second-in-command.
- Juan Fernández as Coronel Prieto, a member of the Spanish Intelligence and Raquel’s contact in the government.
- Mario de la Rosa as Suárez, a chief of the Grupo Especial de Operaciones.
Netflix acquired the rights to stream the series and distributed the first two parts on their streaming service on 25 December 2017 worldwide. However, instead of retaining the original number of nine episodes and the 70 minute runtime of each episode in the season, it was cut into 13 different untitled episodes. Each of the episodes has been limited to 40–50 minutes in length.
Netflix released the second season on 6 April 2018 worldwide. The episodes of the second part were re-edited from six to nine episodes with a runtime of 40–50 minutes. Once again, the episodes are untitled.
On 18 April 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a third part, which is expected to be released in 2019. The third part will be a Netflix exclusive and released worldwide. The Latin American Netflix YouTube channel uploaded a video on 18 April 2018 titled “Este es un mensaje para resistencia.” In the video, a few cast members appear, talking about how they knew the audience was waiting for more and stating that “the biggest robbery is not over yet.”
Netflix announced in its Quarter 1 2018 letter to shareholders that the series was the most watched non-English language series on Netflix ever.
Part one and two of the series were released for purchase on the Spanish Amazon website on 8 January 2018.
- Official website
- Money Heist on IMDb