The Laundromat trailer: Steven Soderbergh takes aim at The Panama Papers

The Laundromat (2019)
Dir: Steven Soderbergh | Cast: Gary Oldman, Jeffrey Wright, Melissa Rauch, Meryl Streep | Writers: Jake Bernstein (book), Scott Z. Burns (screenplay)

Steven Soderbergh keeps on knocking out new films, with The Laundromat following on only 7 months after the brilliant High Flying Bird arrived on Netflix. His new film focusses on the true events that took place around The Panama Papers, where journalists revealed the secret, leaked documents of Mossack Fonseca's high-profile patrons in 2016. 11.5 million leaked documents detailed 214,488 offshore entities, revealing some of the illegal activities some had been up to including fraud, tax evasion, and evading international sanctions. The Laundromat will make its premiere at Venice this Saturday and you can watch the trailer above.

When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a Panama City law firm and its vested interest in helping the world’s wealthiest citizens amass even larger fortunes. The charming - and very well-dressed - founding partners Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca are experts in the seductive ways shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich and powerful prosper. They are about to show us that Ellen’s predicament only hints at the tax evasion, bribery and other illicit absurdities that the super wealthy indulge in to support the world’s corrupt financial system.

There's a pretty sizeable cast involved in Soderbergh's latest, with Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Jeffrey Wright, Melissa Rauch, Jeff Michalski, Jane Morris, Robert Patrick, David Schwimmer, Cristela Alonzo, Larry Clarke, Will Forte, Chris Parnell, Nonso Anozie, Larry Wilmore, Jessica Allain, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Matthias Schoenaerts, Rosalind Chao, Kunjue Li, Ming Lo, with James Cromwell and Sharon Stone.

The Laundromat opens in select US and UK cinemas on September 27, before hitting Netflix on October 18.

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