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Netflix is ​​ready to launch nyad, a biographical film based on the author, journalist and swimmer Diana Nyad. At the age of 64, she became the first person to swim the 110-mile distance from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage. Here’s everything we know so far about Netflix nyad set to appear at TIFF 2023 and hit Netflix in Fall 2023.

directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and jimmy chinknown for his documentary work, including the Oscar-winning free solo, are making their narrative debut with the drama. emmy winner biderman (Ray Donovan) and Blacklist scribe julia cox (do no harm) wrote the screenplay inspired by Nyad’s autobiography, Find a way.

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The project, produced by Andrew Lazar and Teddy Schwarzman, was developed by Mad Chance and Black Bear Pictures after initially being unveiled to buyers at the European Film Market in March 2020.

the script came first blacklisted in 2015 with the script produced by Robert Specland.

Lisa Nishimura is the Netflix executive behind the project, and the film will be one of her last. after his departure in March 2023.

What is the plot of nyad?


Diana Nyad is a long-distance swimmer who, in 2013, at the age of 64, became the first person to swim the 110-mile distance from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage. It was her fifth try of hers and she executed it by embarking on a 53-hour journey across the perilous open ocean that included beating not only sharks but poisonous jellyfish as well.

Here’s the logline for Netflix’s own biopic:

“When Diana Nyad washed up on the coast of Key West after a grueling fifty-three hour swim across an epic ocean, she not only set a world record, becoming the first person to swim the shark-infested waters between Cuba and Florida without a cage to protect herself, but she also achieved a dream she first pursued at age twenty-eight and finally achieved when she was sixty-four.”

who is cast in nyad?

cast of nyad

Oscar nominee anette bening is set to play Diane Nyad in the Netflix biopic. Bening’s most recent credits include death on the nile, georgetown, and captain marvel.

Oscar winner Jodie Foster She will play Nyad’s trainer and friend, Bonnie Stoll. Her participation in the project was announced by THR in January 2022. Foster recently appeared alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the Mauritanian.

Completing the cast of nyad are:

  • Rhys Ifans (The amazing Spider Man) as John Bartlett
  • Ethan Jones Romero (Lioness) like Nico
  • Lucas Cosgrove (The fog) as Luke Tipple
  • jeena yi (Manifest) as Angel Yanigahara
  • eric t miller (Marvel Wastelanders: Old Star-Lord) as Coach Jack Nelson
  • Karly Rothenberg (Claudette, Atypical) as Dee Brady
  • marcus young
  • scott wreath (Bullet train)
  • Anna Harriette Pittman (Chicago PD) as Teenage Diana
netflix cast grid by nyad

Cast grid for Nyad

What is the production status of nyad?

Filming for the new film took place over the course of two months between March and May 2023, from March 15 to May 15.

Filming took place in the Dominican Republic. By american mailpart of the filming took place in Santo Domingo.

During filming, Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll visited the set with Diana swimming with Bening, with «many of the 400 people on the crew cheering». She said: «That’s a moment I’ll never forget.»

What is the Netflix release date? nyad?

Netflix first announced a 2023 release window for the film in January 2023 and has since clarified that the film will be released sometime in the fall of 2023 (between September and December 2023).

If you can’t wait to watch Netflix, you’ll want to head to Toronto in early September, where the film will have its international premiere at TIFF 2023.

first look at nyad netflix movie

First look at Nyad on Netflix

the movie is already get advance advice for awards for the 2024 Oscars, so this is certainly one to watch.

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