Three years since the last Sundance Film Festival convened in-person officially, the festival is set to return in 2023 with a hybrid edition of the events. Taking place in Park City from January 19-29, with an increased presence in Salt Lake City and an online component beginning January 24, all competition films will be available online while titles in other categories have the option to opt-in to the streaming platform.
Amongst the titles making their premiere at Sundance is Cassandro, the upcoming film from Roger Ross Williams starring Gael García Bernal. Cassandro is Williams’ first scripted feature film. The film’s official description on the Sundance website reads:
“Saúl Armendáriz, a gay amateur wrestler from El Paso, rises to international stardom after he creates the character Cassandro, the “Liberace of Lucha Libre.” In the process, he upends not just the macho wrestling world, but also his own life.”
In the film, Bernal will star as Armendáriz. The image above is the official first-look at the actor in the role. The film’s cast also includes Roberta Colindrez, Perla De La Rosa, Joaquín Cosío, and Raúl Castillo.
The full program guide for the festival can be viewed on the Sundance website.
Our feature on Bernal’s career can be read here. Stay tuned with Nerds & Beyond for updates.