A split-second determination perpetually modifications the lives of a tight-knit group of school pals when one in all them dies throughout a personal seashore commencement get together and the remainder of them cowl it up. However the tragedy of that night will stay with them perpetually, reopening previous wounds 20 years later, when a thriller blackmailer threatens to reveal their secret.
That is the premise of Apple TV’s new bilingual thriller Now and Then, which navigates two timelines, flashing again to what occurred on that fateful night time and leaping ahead to the current time, when the as soon as shut pals, now estranged, reunite as their lives start to unravel by the calls for of the blackmailer.
Now and Then is created and produced by Bambú Producciones, one in all Spain’s most famed manufacturing corporations, recognized for hits reminiscent of Velvet, Cable Women and Excessive Seas (out there on Netflix) and incorporates a stellar worldwide forged from Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Spain and the U.S.
The current-day pals are Manolo Cardona (Who Killed Sara?, Narcos) as Marcos, Oscar-nominated Marina de Tavira (Roma, Ingobernable) as Ana, José María Yazpik (Narcos Mexico, All people Loves Any person) as Pedro, Maribel Verdú (Y Tu Mamá También, Pan’s Labyrinth) and Soledad Villamil (The Secret in Their Eyes, A Twelve-Yr Evening) as Daniela. The youthful variations are performed by Jack Duarte, Miranda de la Serna, Dario Yazbek Berna and Alicia Sanz.
Emmy-award successful and Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez (The Flight Attendant, Do the Proper Factor) portrays Flora Neruda, a cop who was satisfied the chums have been accountable for the demise of Alejandro (performed by Jorge López) and who, 20 years later, is known as in to research a homicide that leads her again to her suspects of the sooner crime. Perez is the one one within the sequence that portrays her youthful and older self.
“The sequence has incomparable expertise from everywhere in the world,” says Cardona, whose third and remaining season of Who Killed Sara? dropped on Netflix the identical week of the Now and Then debut on Apple TV. “Other than what you see within the present, all of us turned superb pals and I feel that helped the on-screen chemistry.”
Cardona portrays an opioid-addicted plastic surgeon suffering from his buddy’s demise and his function within the cover-up. “He is haunted by what occurred. His desires of serving to and belonging to an NGO in Colombia have been shattered. What the chums did once they have been 20 years previous follows them and 20 years later, they might need to pay for that crime.”
He says thrillers are an ideal platform to create very complicated, multi-faceted characters. “We will humanize them in a approach that mimics life itself. Nobody is so good or dangerous, nothing is black or white. There are some grays… the place we dwell collectively, the place we have now anger, the place we’re jealous, the place we’re pleased, the place we struggle. That is what makes characters in a thriller attention-grabbing.”
And it’s the creation and portrayals of those characters that makes this story completely different from different thrillers, says sequence co-creator and showrunner Ramón Campos.
“It is all the time the characters that change the story. The thriller will be the identical. Somebody stole one thing, killed somebody, planted a bomb. However what modifications are the characters’ tales,” states Campos. “And right here, we have now characters which might be even richer since you see them when they’re younger and when they’re adults. You might be made conscious of who they have been and who they’re. I feel that is what makes Now and Then particular.”
To that, he provides, are emotions of nostalgia and remorse that additionally touched them as creators. “We realized that there’s a theme that even we began enthusiastic about because of our age: have we fulfilled our youthful desires? We wished to discover and distinction how moments in our lives change outcomes and veer us off beam from the paths we dream of in our youth.”
Campos says that growing a narrative round unfulfilled desires, tragedy, life-altering choices and regret, wrapped round a thriller, set in Miami with a world forged, sealed the cope with Apple TV, which has been engaged on increasing its world footprint.
“As quickly as we determined that Miami was the setting for our story, we knew we needed to search for Latin American characters of various nationalities and we began casting. It was a really lengthy and troublesome course of as a result of we wished one of the best from every nation, the dream crew, so to talk. It took us about eight months as a result of we had casting administrators within the U.S. and in every nation in search of individuals,” recollects Campos. “From Spain, we had already chosen Maribel Verdú and we wished all of them to be simply as skilled. We discovered Manolo, Chema [José María Yazpik], Marina and Soledad. After choosing who would play the grownup characters, we began looking for the youthful actors who have been bodily comparable and needed to be from the identical nation so they might have their identical accents.”
For Campos, it was essential to be as genuine as doable to make the characters plausible and relatable to the completely different audiences in Latin America and across the globe. When Apple TV urged they work with Gideon Raff, recognized for writing and directing Prisoners of Conflict, the sequence on which Homeland was based mostly, he did not hesitate. Raff got here on board as Now and Then govt producer and director.
“He was tremendous beneficiant with us from the beginning. He contributed to the venture, however he was conscious that the sequence was ours and he revered that. He drastically enriched the sequence creatively, with the script after which as a director. He gave the sequence an ideal look and rhythm. We might positively work with him once more.”
Sequence from Latin America and Spain are in nice demand as their recognition develop, attracting tens of millions of viewers world wide, as was the case of the record-setting phenomenon of Spain’s La Casa de Papel (Cash Heist) as the primary most-watched non-English sequence on Netflix, and most lately, top-viewed Colombian sequence Pálpito (The Marked Coronary heart) and Mexico’s Quien Mató a Sara.
“Fortuitously, we’re working with virtually all of the streaming companies which might be in Spain. This can be a historic second for our content material,” says Campos. A sentiment shared by Cardona, who along with performing, has been producing content material by way of his personal manufacturing firm.
“I feel there are some fantastic tasks being accomplished,” says Cardona. “With my manufacturing firm 11:11 Movies and TV, we’re additionally growing many productions for various platforms… thrillers, comedies, motion – completely different genres to fulfill our viewers calls for. All of the streaming platforms now available in the market try to place out one of the best content material, with one of the best expertise and finest manufacturing values and I feel that advantages everybody.”
This Apple TV thriller follows its first bilingual sequence, dramedy Acapulco, starring Eugenio Derbez, which was renewed for a second season in March.
Now and Thenconsists of eight episodes. The primary three dropped on Could 20 and can be adopted by one new episode weekly by way of June 24.