‘Cassandro’ Trailer: Saúl Armendáriz’s in 1980s Wrestling World
Academy Award–winning documentary filmmaker Roger Ross Williams makes his fiction directorial debut with the real-life tale of Cassandro, the “Liberace of lucha libre,” crafting an engaging origin story for an outsider turned unlikely superstar.
Amazon Prime Video has released the first trailer for ‘Cassandro,’ starring Gael García Bernal as Saúl Armendáriz/Cassandro. In the 1980s, gay wrestler Saúl Armendáriz, based in Texas, becomes Cassandro after his trainer suggests he adopt an exótico persona, leading to increased success in Mexican lucha libre matches. The film will premiere on Prime Video on September 22, 2023. Watch the trailer below.
What is the Plot of Cassandro?
In the lucha libre wrestling, scene of Juárez, Mexico, gay luchador Saúl is tired of playing El Topo, a nondescript, masked runt who always loses his matches. He wants to be a star. His fierce new trainer, Sabrina, suggests he develop an exótico character — an unmasked, stereotypically effeminate role audiences love to hate. But exóticos never get to win. All that changes when Saúl debuts the flamboyant and powerful Cassandro, who captures the crowd’s attention and affection. But how will Cassandro’s ascent affect Saúl’s relationship with his mother — still pining away for his unavailable father — and with Gerardo, Saúl’s secret lover?
Directed by Roger Ross Williams from a screenplay he co-wrote with David Teague. The production team includes producers Gerardo Gatica, Todd Black, David Bloomfield, Ted Hope, and Julie Goldman. The executive producers are Gael García Bernal, Paula Amor, Mariana Rodríguez Cabarga, A. Müffelmann, David Teague, Matías Penachino, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch.
Ross Williams told PEOPLE TV, “I was totally blown away by his story.” Ross Williams added, “For me as a storyteller, as a filmmaker, there’s just a moment where a story hits you and you know this is right.”
The film also stars Roberta Colindrez as Sabrina, Perla De La Rosa as Yocasta, Joaquín Cosío as Lorenzo, Raúl Castillo as Gerardo / El Comandante, El Hijo del Santo as himself, and Bad Bunny as Felipe.